Southern Utah University sophomore Aidan Reed recently placed runner-up in the 10,000-meter run at the Junior Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Reed -- a two-time State AA cross country champion at Helena High (2013, 2015) -- clocked a time of 32 minutes, 10.15 seconds, being shaded by a mere half-second by winner Steven Cross of Florida State, at 32:09.66.
"Super pleased to have earned silver today at #PanAmJrs and to have finished right behind @StevenCross98," Reed, 19, tweeted on Saturday. "Huge thanks to all for the support ... Super pedestrian pace for the first 7K or so. Started picking it up as the race went on. Unsure of closing mile."
At the 2016 State AA Track Meet in Missoula, Reed placed runner-up in the 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600, setting school records in both races. His 3,200 time was also under the former all-class record.
This past March, Reed placed sixth at the NACAC Cross Country Championships for the Thunderbirds in Boca Raton, Florida, before taking 46th at the Under-20 World Cross Country Championships in Uganda. He garnered his second Team USA qualification in late June, when Cross and Reed finished 1-2 in the 10,000 at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Sacramento.