The state of Utah, and Corner Canyon High School, in particular, is set to get one of the top high school distance talents in the country.
Mountain Vista (CO) High School junior Easton Allred, who recently finished fifth at Nike Cross Nationals and returns this spring as the top junior miler with his 4:09.49 from the Festival of Miles in June, announced on Instagram that he would be moving to Utah at the end of the semester.
He told MileSplit USA on Friday that his father received a job offer in Draper, Utah, and that the family will be moving into the Corner Canyon School District (4,500 feet elevation) before the new year. Allred has lived in Colorado for the past 14 years, but Utah will be a familiar area, as Allred has two sisters and brothers-in-law that reside in Draper and Provo.
"It's hard because everyone I know and love is in Colorado," Allred said of the impending move. "That team has been so good for me. Coach [Jonathan] Dalby is incredible. This is a really special place, in particular. It's been well worth it to be here, even if it was for a semester. I'm going to miss Colorado like crazy. I told all my friends, 'I'm going to visit them all the time.'"
Allred said he will likely take AP classes at Corner Canyon while working toward earning his Associate's Degree.
Allred was unable to compete at the Colorado State Cross Country Championships, where he placed eighth in Class 5A as a sophomore, though the regional system for Nike's championship events did open up an opportunity for the junior to compete.
Nike's standards allow for athletes in good standing with their high school to compete at any of their regional and national events -- and because those competitions weren't governed by state rules, Allred was clear to compete.
Allred eventually finished second at the Nike Cross Southwest Regional in a career best 14:41.35 and had his best race at NXN two weeks later to finish fifth in 15:05.20.
His move to Utah should find Allred eligible from the get-go.
Allred is the top returning junior miler in the country -- with a 3:52.92 1500m split at the Festival of Miles -- and he also produced a 9:08.34 in the seeded 3200m at the Arcadia Invitational in April.
While he'll leave one of the more talent-rich states in the country -- some of the country's best track distance talent resides there, such as Cruz Culpepper, Cole Sprout and Austin Vancil -- he'll join the ranks of runners who train at elevation in Utah and could eventually match up against the likes of Grant Gardner (Springville), Wyatt Evans (Spanish Fork), or Luke Grundvig (American Fork).
"It's sad for me to to leave a team I just got to run with for a semester," Allred said. "They all became my brothers. Utah will be great as well."