2023 - 2024 NEBRASKA
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
JUAN
GONZALEZ
RUNNER
FREMONT HS
FREMONT, NEBRASKA
JUNIOR
HEIGHT: 5-FOOT-7
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
10TH
FOOT LOCKER CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
42ND
NIKE CROSS NATIONALS FINAL
1ST - 15:26.6
CLASS A STATE MEET
“Juan Gonzalez lived a season that most distance runners only dream about, qualifying for both mainstream national championship meets while setting school course records in 11 of his 12 races. His best in-state performance ranked as a true head turner as he delivered the fourth-fastest 5k time on the state meet course in the last 35 years.”
Rich Gonzalez
PrepCal Track

Athletic Excellence


The 5-foot-7, 130-pound junior was a rare double-national qualifier this past season, placing 10th at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships and finishing 42nd at the Nike Cross Nationals Final, which made him one of only four prep boys in the country to race in both championship fields. Gonzalez, who won seven races in 2023, broke the tape at the Class A state meet in a time of 15:26.6, clocking the fastest all-class performance. His time of 14:33.8 at the Nike Cross Heartland Regional was the fastest performance of the year by a Nebraska prep and his run at Foot Locker nationals earned him Second Team All-America honors.

Academic Achievement


Gonzalez has maintained a 3.37 GPA in the classroom. He will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

Exemplary Character


Gonzalez has volunteered locally assisting the upkeep of Wildwood Park, a forested, 37-acre expanse near the Platte River. He’s also served as an assistant youth coach for the Fremont Track Club and as an informational aide at the Middle School Athletics Orientation Day.