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Niwot’s Zane Bergen named Gatorade Colorado Boys Cross Country Player of the Year

Niwot High School’s Zane Bergen on Monday was named the Gatorade Colorado Boys Cross Country Player of the Year.

The 6-foot senior repeated as the Class 4A state individual champion in October after finishing with a time of 15 minutes, 17.7 seconds — breaking the 4A course record he set last year. He led the Cougars to a second-place finish in the team competition

On the national level, he finished fourth in both the Garmin RunningLane Cross Country Championships and Eastbay Cross Country Championships.

“Zane can push his body beyond the limits of 99 percent of all humans,” Niwot coach Kelly Christensen said in a news release. “He’s also the best leader that I’ve ever coached. He’s selfless, dedicated, passionate and will do whatever it takes to help his team succeed.”

The Stanford-bound Bergen has a 4.18 grade-point average.