Nevada Boys Cross Country ROY: Chase Wood

Nevada Boys Cross Country ROY: Chase Wood


Nevada Boys Cross Country ROY: Chase Wood


The Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.

For the complete list of Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Chase Wood


School: Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Distance Runner
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 150 pounds

Athletic achievement: He raced to the Division 1A individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:46. Wood also won the UNLV Invitational, the Lake Mead Invitational, the Peaks Invitational and the Southern Division finals.

Academic excellence: Wood has maintained a 4.17 GPA.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has served as a youth minister and has raised funds to benefit underprivileged runners.


“Chase is confident, yet he values feedback and uses it to better himself every day,” said Faith Lutheran coach Jeff Edwards. “He always recognizes and appreciates his teammates and fellow competitors too. He’s the first one to head back to the finish line and cheer on every single runner that crosses. I’m looking forward to his upcoming track season and I will be sad to see him go.”

THE FUTURE: Wood remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.


More USA TODAY High School Sports