California High Schooler Young Wins U20 Race

By Clay Shaw
Photography by Clay Shaw and Karen Mitchell

Mechanicsville, VA, January 21, 2023, USATF Cross Country Championships 2023—Emilio Young, 17, of Newbury Park, CA won the Men’s U20 8K in 23:46.8 at Pole Green Park.

Young and his twin brother Alexio who placed 12th, are both committed to Stanford University in Palo Alto in the fall. Leo and Lex, as they are known, are younger brothers of Nico Young a sophomore at Northern Arizona University. In November, Nico Young finished second in the NCAA XC to Charles Hicks of Stanford. Soon the talented twins will be teammates with Hicks.

Behind Young and earning the five remaining spots on the U20 USA team were Micah Wilson of U of Wisconsin in 23:53.4 and Marco Langon of Villanova who was third in 23:53.8. Evan Jenkins of the University of Washington was fourth in 23:54.1 and Max Sannes of the US Air Force Academy was fifth in 23:54.2. Taking the sixth and final spot was Luke Venhuizen of the University of Michigan in 23:58.9. 

The six USA team qualifiers had broken away from the rest of the field and only had to race each other for the order of finish. World XC takes place on February 18 in Bathurst, Australia.

Top Finishers

  1. 23:46.8 Emilio Young, 17, Newbury Park, CA
  2. 23:53.4 Micah Wilson, 19, St Charles, IL
  3. 23:53.8 Marco Langon, 18, Raritan, NJ
  4. 23:54.1 Evan Jenkins, 18, Camas, WA
  5. 23:54.2 Max Sannes, 19, Big Bear, CA
  6. 23:58.9 Luke Venhuizen, 18, Traverse City, MI
  7. 24:11.7 Kole Mathison, 18, Carmel, IN
  8. 24:19.6 Austin Henderson, 18, Neenah, WI
  9. 24:21.4 Caleb Jarema, 18, Pinckney, MI
  10. 24:22.5 Shane Griepentrog, 18, Valders, WI
  11. 24:23.4 Jamar Distel, 19, Chattaroy, WA
  12. 24:25.5 Alexio Young, 17, Newbury Park, CA
  13. 24:36.5 Alexander McKane, 18, Iowa City, IA
  14. 24:38.2 Zachary Ayres, 18, Davis, CA
  15. 24:42.3 Jacob Heredia, 18, Clifton, NY
  16. 24:42.3 Benjamin Collins, 19, Eugene, OR
  17. 24:48.3 Luke Coffin, 18, Annapolis, MD
  18. 24:52.4 Trent Wigod, 18, Meridia, ID
  19. 24:56.4 Brayden Seymour, 18, Oviedo, FL
  20. 24:59.6 James Gensel, 18, Painted Post, NY
Kole Mathison #331 of Carmel, IN, Alexio Young #338 of Newbury Park, CA and Benjamin Collins #289 lead the U20 race early at Pole Green Park.
Kole Mathison #331 of Carmel, IN shares the lead with Marco Langon of Raritan, NJ and Villanova. Evan Jenkins #312 and Jamar Distel #311, both of the University of Washington, run behind them.
Luke Ondracek #286 of Georgetown has a one-step lead on the front pack which includes Benjamin Collins #289 of Portland State, Kole Mathison #331 of Carmel, IN, Marco Langon #317 of Villanova and Jamar Ditel #311 of U of Washington in the U20 race.
Quentin Davis #325 and Theodore Roundface #319 of Wings of America race in the U20 race at Pole Green Park.
U20 men get after it as the pack thins. Max Sannes #295 of Big Bear, CA and the US Air Force Academy runs with Kole Mathison #331 of Carmel, IN and Micah Wilson #314 of the University of Wisconsin.
On the last lap of the U20 cross country 8K, the top six broke away. Max Sennes #295, Luke Venhuizen #304, Michah Wilson #314, Emilio Young #339, Marco Langon #317, and Evan Jenkins #312. All six made the U20 USA Cross Country team going to Bathurst, Australia.
Emilio Young of Newbury Park, CA was the U20 men’s champion of the 2023 USATF Cross Country championship. Young won in 23:46.8.
Micah Wilson #314 of the University of Wisconsin takes second in a mad scramble finish for top places. Evan Jenkins #312 of U of Washington was fourth, Marco Langon #317 of Villanova was third, and Max Sannes #295 of the US Air Force Academy was fifth. The four men finished all finish within two seconds.
Emilio Young of Newbury Park, CA was the champion of the 2023 USATF Cross Country Championships in Mechanicsville, VA.
The U20 men who placed in the top six earn a trip to represent the USA at the World Championships in Bathurst, Australia. From left it’s Emilio Young, Micah Wilson, Marco Langon, Luke Venhuizen, Max Sannes, and Evan Jenkins.

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