2012: Raced five times and had two top-10 finish ... Started his collegiate career finishing ninth in the 5K Seahawk Invitational (16:07.79) ... Placed 27th in the 5K at the Adidas XC Invitational (16:16.2) ... Had his best time and placing when he finished sixth with a 16:06.72 in the 5K ECU Pirate Invitational ... Ran a 18:08 (good for 33rd place) in the 5K at the Three-Stripe Invitational ... Ran 27:29.6 the gold race at the Charlotte Cross Country Invitational in his only 8K of the season.
High School: Won five letters in cross country and track and field ... As a freshman did not compete in cross country but ran a 5:02 in the 1600m and a 2:20 in the 800m during track season ... Ran a 17:17 at the South Coast League Finals as a sophomore and also improved his time to 3:45 in the 1600m and 2:10 in the 800m ... As a junior ran a 16:26 at the OC Championships and improved his time to 4:33 in the 1600m and 2:02 in the 800m ... In his senior campaign sports a 15:27 at the CIF Prelims at Mt. Sac and continue to lower is times in track and field to 4:21.6 in the 1600m and 1:59.6 in the 800m ... Served as team captain in both his junior and senior season of the cross country squad and as a senior on the track team ... Led the cross country program to the CIF Preliminaries his senior season and helped the team win the 4x800 at the Earl Engman Relays
Personal: Intended academic major is journalism... Full name is John Matthew Young ... Son of Phillip and Catherine Young ...His father, Phillip played basketball for four years at Alma College in Michigan ... His uncle, Pete Young, was a four-year football player at Northern Michigan ... Interests include playing any sport, biking, frisbee and playing video games ... Earned a place on the Mission Viejo High School's Principal's Honor Roll in both semesters as a junior.