Luke Grundvig, a cross country runner from American Fork High, was named the Gatorade Utah Runner of the Year in boys cross country, the soft drink company announced Monday.
Grundvig, who signed with Brigham Young University for cross country and track and field, led American Fork to a Class 6A state cross country championship and picked up a title of his own with his finishing time of 15 minutes, 17.7 seconds in the state meet. He also won the Region 4 championships and the Pre-Foot Locker Invitational.
Receiving the state award for cross country puts Grundvig in automatic consideration for the Gatorade National Runner of the Year Award in boys cross country.
American Fork athletic director Joe Atwood said Grundvig is a “born leader by example” and is also a “phenomenal” student.
“He’s exactly what every school wants,” Atwood said. “When you say, ‘Hey, what’s the ideal student athlete?’ you think of Luke Grundvig.”
Grundvig is the fourth male runner from American Fork High to receive the accolade. Casey Linger most recently won it back-to-back in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.
Other Utah runners who have won this award include Aidan Troutner of Timpview High in 2017-18 and Conner Mantz of Sky View High in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.