HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA -- Newbury Park made history on Saturday at the Garmin RunningLane Cross Country Championships, securing three boys under the all-time record for fastest cross country 5K performance as the Panthers secured their second straight national team championship and its second in three seasons -- in 2020, the national races were split between the NSAF Meet of Champions in Indiana and the RunningLane National Championships.
Colin Sahlman won the overall title with a mind-bending time of 14:03.29, passing the former all-time best of 14:10, which was set by Dathan Ritzenhein back in 2000. Sahlman's teammates, Leo Young and Lex Young, also went under that mark, posting remarkable performances of 14:05.07 and 14:05.49 to help the program secure the national title with 29 points.
Newbury Park wasn't alone in the top five, though, as Niwot's Zane Bergen gave the trio fo Sahlman, Young and Young a run for their money in fourth with a time of 14:10.00, which also tied Ritzenhein's mark.
MileSplit50 No. 1 Riley Hough lost for the first time all season, finishing in fifth in 14:10.56. A total of 72 boys broke 15 minutes for 5K on Saturday.
The national win followed a historic performance at the CIF Division I State Championship for Newbury Park, where the Panthers scored 16 points and clocked the first four runners through the line.
|BOYS 5000 METER RUN FINALS|
|1||Colin Sahlman||12||Newbury Park (SS)||14:03.29||1|
|2||Leo Young||11||Newbury Park (SS)||14:05.07||2|
|3||Lex Young||11||Newbury Park (SS)||14:05.49||3|
|4||Zane Bergen||12||Niwot High School||14:09.91||4|
|6||Aaron Sahlman||11||Newbury Park (SS)||14:14.38||5|
|7||Aidan Cox||11||Coe Brown Academy||14:18.43||0|
|8||Jackson Barna||12||Ridge HS||14:22.14||0|
|9||Kole Mathison||11||Carmel High School||14:23.32||0|
|10||Isaac Teeples||12||Kamiakin High School||14:23.78||0|
|1||Newbury Park (SS)||28||1+2+3+5+17 (20+27)||0:41 1-5 Split | 14:14 Avg|
|2||Cheyenne Mountain High School||117||9+12+15+23+58 (84+126)||0:35 1-5 Split | 14:49 Avg|
|3||Jesuit||183||8+18+30+54+73 (94+135)||0:45 1-5 Split | 14:58 Avg|
|4||Union Catholic Reg. HS||276||6+7+29+116+118 (193+207)||1:11 1-5 Split | 15:02 Avg|
|5||Grapevine||278||34+37+47+48+112 (189+192)||0:31 1-5 Split | 15:12 Avg|
|6||Farmington||294||38+41+50+57+108 (194+201)||0:28 1-5 Split | 15:13 Avg|
|7||Great Oak (SS)||313||39+40+69+79+86 (101+154)||0:23 1-5 Split | 15:17 Avg|
|8||Niwot High School||328||4+35+55+107+127 (131+142)||1:31 1-5 Split | 15:08 Avg|
|9||Valor Christian High School||352||25+44+67+93+123 (148+198)||0:41 1-5 Split | 15:18 Avg|
|10||Mountain Vista High School||369||22+28+97+103+119 (138+183)||0:42 1-5 Split | 15:19 Avg|