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.
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