Reno High senior Jordan Cardenas was named the Gatorade cross country runner of the year for Nevada on Thursday.
Cardenas, who verbally committed to Portland, won the Division I North region and Division I state meets in the fall. His winning time at the state meet in Boulder City was 16 minutes, 15.9 seconds.
"It's incredible, no question about it," Cardenas said after the state race. "My number one goal today was just run the best race possible and let the times take care of themselves."
Cardenas was almost 16 seconds faster than second-place finisher Eddie Esquivel from Eldorado.
"Jordan always sets his goals very high," Reno coach Jim Parker said at the time. "He's a real student of the sport, he prepares himself well and he takes responsibility for his running."
Cardenas was the last person who expected he would repeat as region champion. A back injury sidelined Cardenas for two months during the season and the region race was just his second race of the year.
"I'm so surprised I came out here and did well," Cardenas said. "It means the world to me. Once I got to the top of the hill, I took 10 quick steps and pulled away. Once I did that, I put my head down and trusted God the rest of the way."