Young family tradition continues: Lex Young wins Division II state title

The legacy of the ongoing Young Brothers at Newbury Park High will be talked about for years to come.

First there was Nico, a two-time state cross-country champion and Gatorade National Runner of the Year.

On Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno, his brothers, twins Lex and Leo, ran a one-two in the State Division II finals, with Lex prevailing in 14:27.9, an all-time best for Division II and third-best in the state course history.

Leo finished the race in 14:38.4 and Newbury Park teammate Aaron Sahlman took the win in 14:41.1. The Panthers won the Division II team championship, their fourth straight state title.

Temecula Great Oak won the boys’ Division I team title, beating San Clemente. Matthew Donis of Palmdale ran 14:51.3 to win the singles title.

Fresno Buchanan took the Division I girls team title, with Rancho Cucamonga finishing second.

In the Division II girls, Sadie Engelhardt of Ventura sophomore won the singles title by setting the fastest time of the day in 16:57.9

In the Division III boys, Evan Noonan rode Dana Hills to victory as a sophomore in 15:04.3

In the Division IV boys, LA Cathedral’s Junior Emmanuel Perez won the singles title in 15:05.4. La Canada St. Francis took the team title, beating out runner-up Cathedral.

Payton Godsey of Westlake Village Oaks Christian was the first Lion in school history to win an individual title. He ran 17:00.1 to take the Division IV girls’ title by 27 seconds. Her father, Brian, used to be a track and field coach at Woodland Hills Taft. San Juan Capistrano JSerra won the team title. Young family tradition continues: Lex Young wins Division II state title

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