2023 - 2024 KENTUCKY
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
RIKU
SUGIE
RUNNER
THOMAS NELSON HS
BARDSTOWN, KENTUCKY
JUNIOR
HEIGHT: 5-FOOT-10
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HIGHLIGHTED STATS
2ND - 14:54.81
FOOT LOCKER SOUTH REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
1ST - 15:40.02
CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
“Riku Sugie put together a junior season to remember, winning six races and setting four course records en route to capturing an individual state title and leading Thomas Nelson High to a program-best fourth-place finish at the state meet.”
Rich Gonzalez
PrepCal Track

Athletic Excellence


The 5-foot-10, 132-pound junior raced to second place at the Foot Locker South Regional championships with a time of 14:54.81 to advance to nationals, where he placed 18th. Sugie broke the tape at the Class 2A State Championships with a time of 15:40.02, leading the Generals to a fourth-place finish as a team. He was unbeaten by a Kentucky runner last fall.

Academic Achievement


Sugie has maintained a 4.19 weighted GPA in the classroom. He will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

Exemplary Character


A member of his school’s Student Organization Council, Sugie has volunteered locally with Angel Tree, which serves special-needs adults within the community. He has also donated his time to Naturally Bardstown, a local nonprofit entrusted to maintain or revive nature trails at community parks and elementary schools.