* Colin Sahlman set a new all-time record for 5K on Dec. 4 at RXC2
Photo Credit: Chris Wells/MileSplit
It seems fitting that our final National Performer of the Week presented by New Balance winner goes to a newly-minted record-holder.
Just a week ago, Newbury Park's Colin Sahlman surpassed a 21-year-old record formerly held by Dathan Ritzenhein -- considered one of the all-time GOATS in high school cross country -- by clocking the fastest 5K ever recorded in high school history in 14:03.29 at the Garmin RunningLane Cross Country Championships.
Now, record-setters don't always win NPOTW.
After all, it's a fan vote, and each week a long list of nominees are represented on the poll.
But with just a few races on the docket last week, and with Sahlman -- er, Newbury Park -- doing the unthinkable, it seems only right that he was awarded.
Sahlman earned 74-percent of the vote for Week 17 and claimed the season's last honor on Friday. The National Performer of the Week poll will re-start over the 2022 new year.
A big congrats goes out to Colin on the honor, and to all the other nominees.
We are requesting winners (or their parents or coaches) from each week to email Cory Mull at email@example.com and Olivia Ekpone at firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of your contact.
For NPOTW winners dating all the way back to July 12, we haven't forgotten about you! We have kept track of your information and will email you once the New Balance order goes out. Stay tuned!
NPOTW Cross Country Season Winner:
- Week 1 Winner: Abe Eckman, Jasper (IN)
- Week 2 Winner: Evan Kraus, Erie (CO)
- Week 3 Winner: Kevin Sanchez, Austin Vandegrift (TX)
- Week 4 Winner: Kevin Sanchez, Austin Vandegrift (TX)
- Week 5 Winner: Kaden Levings, Cheyenne Mountain (CO)
- Week 6 Winner: Izaiah Steury, Angola (IN)
- Week 7 Winner: Joe Sapone, Atlanta Holy Innocent's Episcopal School (GA)
- Week 8 Winner: Miles Brush, Chelsea (AL)
- Week 9 Winner: Drew Rogers, Herscher (IL)
- Week 10 Winner: Jefferson McMullin, Lehi (UT)
- Week 11 Winner: Kenan Pala, Francis Parker (CA)
- Week 12 Winner: Tanner Brown, Chapparal (CO)
- Week 13 Winner: Will Pinson, Huntsville (AL)
- Week 14 Winner: Gabe Hinrichs, Elkhorn South (NE)
- Week 15 Winner: Aidan Ross, Uxbridge (MA)
- Week 16 Winner: Ethan Ashley, Denmark (GA)
- Week 17 Winner: Colin Sahlman, Newbury Park (CA)
NPOTW Club Season Track And Field Winners:
- Week 1 Winner: Matt Bogdan, Colts Neck (NJ)
- Week 2 Winner: Amanuel Putz, La Crosse (WI)
- Week 3 Winner: Carlos Brown, Swift Athletics (CA)
- Week 4 Winner: Omar Thomas, Fort Lauderdale Track Club (FL)
NPOTW Outdoor Boys Track And Field Winners:
- Week 1 Winner: Aiden Paul, West Albany (OR)
- Week 2 Winner: Domonique McKenzie, Pine View (UT)
- Week 3 Winner: Samuel Austin, Oviedo (FL)
- Week 4 Winner: Diallo Good, Cedar Park (TX)
- Week 5 Winner: Zack Truitt, Landmark Christian (GA)
- Week 6 Winner: Gary Martin, Archbishop Wood (PA)
- Week 7 Winner: Miles Ally, Nashville Martin Luther King
- Week 8 Winner: Hobbs Kessler, Ann Arbor (MI)
- Week 9 Winner: Dayton Carlson, Casteel (AZ)
- Week 10 Winner: Joshua Truchon, West Allis Hale (WI)
- Week 11 Winner: Nick Plant, Canfield (OH)
- Week 12 Winner: Gary Martin, Archbishop Wood (PA)
- Week 13 Winner: Brandon Battle, Edwardsville (IL)
- Week 14 Winner: Brandon Battle, Edwardsville (IL)
- Week 15 Winner: Dillon Leacock, Millbrook (NC)