Athlete: Grant Gardner
School: Springville, UT
Analysis: Grant Gardner is one of the top returning guys from the state of Utah, a state which seems to be getting deeper and deeper in distance running each year. Gardner, who will only be a junior this season, will look to lead a strong returning Springville team to Nike Cross Nationals. In 2016 he finished no further back than fourth in his regular season meets. At the Utah state XC championship Gardner placed second behind 2017 Timpanogos graduate Joseph Benson. He then went on to run at the super deep Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional where he finished 17th, earning a bid to NXN. At NXN he placed 47th.