National Boys Performer Of The Week (9/5-9/11)

* Christian Groendyk (Fort Collins, CO) won the Liberty Bell Invitational with a new US No. 7 5k 14:48.00.

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Sage Wilde (Liberty North, MO) didn't wait long to kick off his 2022 cross country season on a high note.

At the Tim Nixon Invitational on Sept. 3, Wilde dominated the field in his first race of the fall, running 14:54.40 for the 5k win and just his second time dipping under 15 minutes in his career.

That eye-catching performance earned the star junior national accolades.

Earning an impressive 56-percent of the vote, Wilde came away with the elusive recognition as the season's first National Boys Performer Of The Week.

Week two brings new nominations -- and some familiar faces -- thanks to an impressive showing out on the course over the past week.

Below are the athletes up for National Boys Performer Of The Week for performances from 9/5 - 9/11.


Who was the National Boys Performer Of The Week (Sept. 5 - Sept. 11)?


Simeon Birnbaum, Rapid City Stevens (SD): Opened up his fall cross country campaign with a personal best of 14:47.80 for 5k at the Nike Heartland Preview. His performance made for an impressive 192 speed rating and ranks him at US No. 6 so far this season.

Noah Breker, Robbinsdale Armstrong (MN): Ran the fastest 5k ever by a Minnesota high schooler on home state soil at the Hopkins Bauman/Rovn Invitational, winning in a new personal record of 14:57.20.

Christian Groendyk, Fort Collins (CO): Won the Liberty Bell Invitational behind his first-ever sub-15:00 5k performance, running a new US No. 7 14:48.00 for the win in the boys sweepstakes race.

Kole Mathison, Carmel (IN): Broke his own course record at the Brown County Eagle Invitational with a winning 5k performance of 14:52.1.

Sage Wilde, Liberty North (MO): Ran a new US No. 2 5k of 14:45.70 to win at the Olathe Twilight meet, also making for his second-straight performance under 15 minutes. 

Jackson Heidesch, Dowling Catholic (IA): Clocked a personal best of 14:57.10 in his first race of the 2022 season at the Marshalltown Bobcat Invitational, good for an impressive personal best by 21 seconds.