Lex Young Breaks High School 5000m Record

They saved the best race for last.

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Abdihamid Nur fell on the first lap, but was by far the best on the last lap, as he ran 13:05.17 to get the win and be the only athlete under the 13:07.00 World Championships qualifying standard. Nur, who made Team USA for Worlds last year and finished 11th, looks to be rounding into great form for USAs the first week in July.

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Behind him, the next 7 guys all set outdoor 5000m PBs. The most historic performer of the night was back in 18th place, as Lex Young of Newbury Park High School ran 13:34.96 to break Connor Burns 3-week-old high school 5000m record of 13:37.30.

Young hugged Nur after the finish, as Nur was a teammate at Northern Arizona with Young’s older brother Nico.

Quick take: The amazing success by Newbury Park from the Young and Sahlman brothers continued. Nico started it off by winning the national high school XC championship in 2019. Colin Sahlman won the national XC title in 2021, his brother Aaron won in 2022, and now Lex has the high school 5000m record.

Lex and Abdihamid hug Lex and Abdihamid hug


1. Abdihamid NUR 14 OCT 1997 USA 13:05.17
2. Edwin KURGAT KEN 13:08.46
3. Morgan BEADLESCOMB USA 13:08.82
4. Athanas KIOKO 1995 KEN 13:09.51
5. Emmanuel BOR 14 APR 1988 USA 13:10.91
6. Neil GOURLEY 07 FEB 1995 GBR 13:11.44
7. Eduardo HERRERA 23 SEP 1997 USA 13:12.23
8. Kasey KNEVELBAARD USA 13:15.96
9. Benjamin FLANAGAN 11 JAN 1995 CAN 13:16.34
10. Dillon MAGGARD 16 OCT 1995 USA 13:16.55
11. Addisu YIHUNE 17 MAR 2003 ETH 13:17.09
12. Davor Aaron BIENENFELD 25 SEP 1997 GER 13:19.76
13. Jack ROWE 30 JAN 1996 GBR 13:20.00
14. Charles PHILIBERT-THIBOUTOT 31 DEC 1990 CAN 13:25.34
15. Reid BUCHANAN 03 FEB 1993 USA 13:27.03
16. Ahmed MUHUMED 1998 USA 13:31.60
17. Casey COMBER 04 NOV 1996 USA 13:31.85
18. Lex YOUNG 28 FEB 2005 USA 13:34.96
19. Eric HAMER 23 MAR 1997 USA 13:44.83
20. Evert SILVA USA 13:44.84
21. Graham CRAWFORD 29 DEC 1992 USA 13:46.36
22. Christian RICKETTS USA 13:57.14
23. Christian NOBLE 21 APR 1997 USA 13:59.18
24. Tianyu CHEN 11 MAY 1997 CHN 14:15.63

*In the rest of the Friday action, Madie Boreman got a big win, Elise Cranny blew up in the end of the 5k and Craig Engels is back.

Lex Young post-race interview

*In the rest of the Friday action, Madie Boreman got a big win, Elise Cranny blew up in the end of the 5k and Craig Engels is back.

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