National Boys Performer Of The Week (11/27-12/3)

* Evan Noonan (left) was this past week's NPOTW winner, JoJo Jourdon (right) is a nominee for this week's National Performer of the Week

Photo Credit: Raymond Tran/MileSplit & Bobby Reyes/MileSplit

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After pulling away for a 17-second win at the CIF DIII Finals, Dana Hills junior Evan Noonan earned himself National Performer of the Week honors.

Noonan ran a quick PR of 14:35.3, leading his team both to a team title and an NXN berth, where they finished 10th in the nation.

Following the conclusion of his junior campaign, Noonan won five total races, including both the Woodbridge and state title. 

In one of the more lopsided results we've seen this fall, Noonan picked up over 60-percent of the votes, being the only athlete to collect more than 20-percent.

A big congratulations goes out to Noonan, as became the 13th individual to be named NPOTW. As always, a big round of applause for the other four nominees.

With that being said, here are the five nominees for the National Performer of the Week.

JoJo Jourdon, Olympus (UT): Who doesn't love a good underdog story? Over the weekend, the Wake Forest commit and Utah superstar shocked the field in Portland, breaking the tape at Nike Cross Nationals. Jourdon disregarded any pre-race predictions and did what he's already done five times this season, win. Jourdon won his first national title in 15:16.5, the fifth fastest winning time in course history, Jourdon dealt with the tough conditions like a veteran, etching his name in history.

Daniel Skandera, Homeschool (AL): In just his third race of the 2023 season, Skandera not only set a new lifetime best of 15:05.3 in a downpour, but he won a national title at the RunningLane Cross Country Championships in Huntsville. Using his experience and familiarity with the course, the sophomore made his move just after the hill with under a mile to go, ultimately pulling away for the ten second victory. 

Brennan Faber, Parma Western (MI): Pulling off the double win, the junior threw 53-4.75 and 63-1 to win both the shot put and weight throw at the Michigan Indoor Track Series No. 1 at Grand Valley State. After dominating the field, Faber sits third in the nation in the shot put, and first in the weight throw by over four feet. After ending his outdoor season with a pair of PR's in the shot and discus, Faber looks to be shaping up for a strong indoor campaign with two more. 

Riley Blay, West Nodaway (MO): Just under a month following his MSHSAA Class 1 title on the grass, the eight-time state champ clocked a blistering 8:37.42 in the 3000m at the Mel Tjeerdsma Classic at Northwest Missouri State. Finishing behind four collegians, Blay dropped the fastest time throughout the opening weekend, setting a shiny personal best in the process. Despite being the lone high schooler in the field, he held his own against a plethora of collegians across Division II and the NAIA.

Bradley Franklin, Thompson (AL): After an outdoor season that saw him go 18-1 in both the 110mH and 300mH combined, the three-time AHSAA champ stuck to his winning ways, clocking a nation leading 7.71 in the 60mH. Just for kicks, Franklin also ran 7.01 to finish 4th in the 60m dash. Through the first weekend of the indoor season, Franklin sits 1st and 12th in both events.

NPOTW's Previous Winners:

Week 01: Daniel Hruska, Cherry Creek (CO)

Week 02: Ethan Edgeworth, Cold Springs (AL)

Week 03: Bazil Mathes, Monticello (VA)

Week 04: Will Conway, Floyd Central (IN)

Week 05: Clay Shively, Trinity Academy (KS)

Week 06: Cameron Todd, Brebeuf Jesuit (IN)

Week 07: Noah Valyo, Athens Drive (NC)

Week 08: Nolan McGinn, Fayetteville-Manliius (NY)

Week 09: Juan Gonzalez, Fremont (NE)

Week 10: Brennan Draper, Chaparral (CO)

Week 11: Ethan Gonzalez, Richland Hills North (TX)

Week 12: Cameron Todd, Brebeuf Jesuit (IN)

Week 13: Daniel Simmons, American Fork (UT)

Week 14: Evan Noonan, Dana Hills (CA)