Ammar Moussa (left) and Nico Young (right) combined for four CIF-State Cross Country titles while running four of the fastest times in State Meet history. (File Photos)
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And then there were two!!
Two of the top tier boys champions from what began as a 32-athlete poll tournament of former CIF-State Cross Country winners remain for the final round of voting.
Your votes will determine the Greatest CIF-State Cross Country Champion poll tournament winner between Ammar Moussa and Nico Young.
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Ammar Moussa (Arcadia/SS) - Two-time champion, winning Division I titles in 2009-10. ... Ran 14:43 to win in 2010 and 14:59 to win in '09. ... One of only eight to win while running sub-14:50 and one of 17 to win while running sub-15:00. ... One of only two to win two titles while running sub-15 for both. ... Moussa is tied with another Arcadia product, Phillip Rocha, with the third-fastest State-title winning time ever.
- Ammar's Road to the Final: Defeated Daniel Milechman (Tamalpias/NC) by 36 votes in the first round, defeated Scott Hempel (Walnut/SS) by 36 votes in the second round, defeated Anthony Grover (JSerra/SS) by 27 votes in the quarterfinal round, and Ryan Hall (Big Bear/SS) by 55 votes in the semifinals.
Nico Young (Newbury Park/SS) - Two-time champion, winning Division II titles in 2018-19. ... Ran 14:29 to win in 2019, the second-fastest ever run at the State Meet. ... Ran 15:00 to win in 2018. ... One of only eight to ever win a title running sub-14:50 and one of only two to win while running sub-14:30.
- Nico's Road to the Final: Defeated Austin Fritzke (Mt. Shasta/NS) by 69 votes in the first round, defeated Caleb Webb (Big Bear/SS) by 55 votes in the second round, defeated German Fernandez (Riverbank/SJ) by 40 votes in the quarterfinal round, and eliminated Cooper Teare (St. Joseph Notre Dame/NC) by 85 votes in the semifinals.
Athlete Background Source: CIF-State 2019 Cross Country Championships Program