Newbury Park twin running phenoms announce Stanford commitment

The Young twins have chosen their own direction. Together.

Leo Young and Lex Young, the All-American running tandem who helped drive Newbury Park High to perhaps the best season in high school cross country history last fall, have both committed to run at Stanford University under coach Ricardo Santos.

“And hopefully win some national championships,” Lex said. “That’s the goal. To help create a new distance powerhouse.”

The Youngs announced their decision Sunday morning with a video they shot and edited on their YouTube page.

“We’ve talked extensively with (Santos) and the guys on the team,” Leo said. “We’re buying into the methodology of the coach and program.”

The Youngs were key pieces of the Newbury Park boys cross country team that achieved a historic perfect score of 15 at CIF-Southern Section Division 1 finals, broke the 28-year-old record for the lowest score at the CIF-State meet and dominated the field at the Garmin RunningLane national championships last fall.

While teammate Colin Sahlman set the national 5k record in winning RunningLane in 14:03.29, Leo Young and Lex Young, then juniors, also finished five seconds better than the previous national record in finishing second and third, respectively.

Leo Young also won the three-mile sweepstakes race at the Woodbridge Classic in 13:38.1.

Speculation in running circles debated whether the Youngs would join older brother Nico Young and Sahlman at Northern Arizona University.

As a freshman last fall, Nico Young finished 11th overall to help NAU win its fifth NCAA Division I men’s cross country national championship in six years.

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