* Ethan Gonzalez (left) won the 11th NPOTW poll; Cameron Todd (right) is one of five nominees for the Week 12 edition of National Performer of the Week
Photo Credit: MileSplit
Gonzalez clocked a time of 14:55.8, a new PR, which was more than enough to give the senior the first state title of his career. Despite it only being his third race of the season, Gonzalez was more than ready to take down the field, and ended up doing so with 25 seconds to spare.
Gonzalez cruised to the NPOTW win, collecting 59-percent of the votes, the only one to eclipse 20-percent.
Congratulations to Ethan on becoming the 11th National Performer of the Week this season, and a round of applause to the other fast nominees.
Take a look below at the nominees for this week's NPOTW.
Cameron Todd, Brebeuf Jesuit (IN): Todd should just move out to LaVern Gibson, because at this point he owns it. Todd picked up his third victory of the year in Terre Haute, and potentially the biggest yet. The senior won the NXR Midwest title in 14:43.8, leading seven other guys under 15:00. Todd stopped the clock in 14:43.8, a new PR. This was the seventh win on the year for Todd, and his ninth top two finish.
Robert Mechura, Roseville Area (MN): What better way to run a new PR? Not only did Mechura pick up the NXR Heartland title, but Mechura shattered the meet and course record along the way, running 14:32.00, leading three other guys under the previous record. Mechura is getting hot at the perfect time, and hasn't lost a race since October 7th.
Nathan Neil: Bozeman (MT): After finishing 3rd a year ago, the future Washington Husky is heading back to NXN, this time as the NXR Northwest champion. Neil ran 14:49.60 as the only boy under 15:00, taking the title comfortably by over fifteen seconds. Neil heads back to Portland in search of a national title, and is undefeated, dating back to September.
Steven Hergenrother, Ridgefield (CT): Hergenrother was just crowned the 'King of New England', after winning the New England Championships in 15:21.87. The Princeton commit keeps on racing well when it matters, as he's won five races on the year, and earned top five finishes at both Great American and the Manhattan Invitational.
James Partlow: Gov. Thomas Johnson (MD): Not one, not two, but. make that seven straight wins for the senior, and his first state title. Partlow clocked a new 3-Mile best of 15:39.28, winning by roughly five seconds in the process. All of the momentum is with Partlow right now, as he enters the post-season experienced and confident.
NPOTW's Previous Winners:
Week 1: Daniel Hruska, Cherry Creek (CO)
Week 2: Ethan Edgeworth, Cold Springs (AL)
Week 3: Bazil Mathes, Monticello (VA)
Week 4: Will Conway, Floyd Central (IN)