Valor Christian's Cole Sprout named boys cross country runner of the year by Gatorade

Valor Christian boys cross country Cole Sprout

(Dan Mohrmann/

Valor Christian senior Cole Sprout was named Colorado's boys cross country runner of the year by Gatorade on Monday.

This marks the third consecutive season that Sprout has won the award. He has also been named the boys track athlete of the year by Gatorade the past two seasons.

Sprout won his third-straight Class 5A championship last fall, setting a course record with a time of 15:12.7. He won the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional championship (14:41.38), and was seventh at the NXN Final.

Sprout, who has a 3.98 GPA, has volunteered at the Denver Rescue Mission, and participated in a service-mission trip to Ethiopia.

"Cole is just a more complete version of what he's always been," said Valor Christian coach Greg Coplen. "Hard-working, high-character, selfless and the grittiest athlete I've ever coached."

Sprout has signed to compete in cross country and track at Stanford, beginning this fall.