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MSUM's Young earns All-American cross country honors

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—Minnesota State Moorhead junior Josh Young made school history with his 33rd-place finish at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships last Saturday.

Young, a Moorhead High School graduate, became the first male All-American for the Dragons since the school switched from the NAIA level to the NCAA Division II level in 1995.

The last time MSUM had a male All-American in cross country at the D2 level was in 1968 when Clint Chamberlain ran up from NAIA. Since then, this is the first male All-American since 1992 when the Dragons had three at the NAIA championships and is the first since MSUM made the official jump from NAIA to DII in 1995.

"Overall I'm very satisfied with how the race turned out," Young said. "I'm looking forward to next year's championship where I'll hopefully qualify with the team."

Young has also garnered All-American honors in the mile during the 2016-17 indoor track season and in the 1,500 meter during the 2017 outdoor season.

Young completed the 10-kilometer course in 31 minutes, 48 seconds. He finished the last kilometer in 2 minutes, 48 seconds—passing nine runners.

All-American honors came into range for young at the 8.1K when he moved into the top 50 for the first time in the race. With only a kilometer to go, young had moved into 42nd, just two spots outside an All-American finish.