Nathan Green has the racing pin from his first ever race on him at all times.
The Borah High long-distance runner collected another first Monday morning. Only this one is a little too big to stuff in his pocket.
He was named the 2018-19 Gatorade Idaho Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year. It’s the second Gatorade award for the sophomore this season as Green won the same award for cross country in February. He is the third boy in Idaho history to sweep the awards in the same season, joining Pocatello’s Elijah Armstrong (2014-15) and Boise’s Eric Fitzpatrick (2007-08).
“This honor just means a lot to me,” Green told the Idaho Press. “It’s awesome to be recognized for my efforts in running and it ranks up with the others because as Gatorade says, ‘It’s the most prestigious award of them all.’ It’s amazing.”
Green tallied 13 total victories this past season, including state titles in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. He repeated in the 1,600 at 4 minutes, 11.76 seconds and had a winning time of 9:19.40 in the 3,200.
The 5-10, 138-pounder capped his prolific year at the prestigious Brooks PR Invite in Seattle on June 15. Green took third in the 1,500 with a personal record time of 3:48.25. It was also the sixth fastest time ran by a high schooler in the nation this year.
He then followed up with the ninth-best time in the country in the mile (4:06.20) for a sixth-place showing.
“Nathan’s sophomore season couldn’t have been any better,” Borah coach Tim Severa said. “He has the talent and especially the natural intuition of racing. You just don’t find any sophomores with that kind of talent.”
Green also had the most cross country wins in the state by a boy or girl this season with seven. One of those wins came in October at the 5A State Cross Country Championships (15:10.07), where he won by nearly five seconds. He finished 18th at the NXN Nike Cross Nationals and was ranked the No. 25 boys runner in the country by DyeStat.com as well.
It all resulted in him being the Idaho Press’ Boys Cross Country and Overall Athletes of the Year.
“I think that it was a really good season in general,” Green said. “A lot of breakthrough races, a lot of records broken and achievements earned. Coach Tim’s (Severa) training and help from Zach Garey and other training partners truly helped in all my efforts this season and it was the best one yet.”
Green also volunteers locally as a youth running coach, is involved in multiple community service initiatives through his church youth group and has a 3.36 grade-point average.
Other recent winners include Timberline’s Caleb Stamper (2018), Coeur d’Alene’s Grady Leonard (2017), Rocky Mountain’s Michael Slagowski (2016) and Armstrong (2015).