Valor Christian's Cole Sprout named Colorado's boys XC runner of the year by Gatorade

4A boys cross country

(Dan Mohrmann/

Valor Christian sophomore Cole Sprout has named the boys cross country runner of the year for Colorado by Gatorade on Monday.

Sprout now becomes a finalist for the national award, to be announced later this month.

Sprout won the Class 4A title last fall, finishing in 15:42.1. He went on to place second at the Nike Cross Nationals Midwest Regional championships, and then 21st at the national NXN final.

After the season, he was named the 4A runner of the year as part of the all-state cross country teams.

In the classroom, Sprout carries a 4.0 GPA.

He is the fifth athlete from Valor Christian to be named at Gatorade player of the year in their sport.