CROZET, Va (CBS19 Sports) -- As Western Albemarle track prepares for the state meet this weekend, senior Jade Mawn is hoping to close his running career with the Warriors at the top in both cross country and track.

When Jade Mawn played sports like soccer growing up, the running aspect of the game drew him in. Ultimately, he decided to  make the switch to track.

"I just decided my freshman year I'd come out and try the sport and immediately had so much fun," said Western Albemarle senior runner Jade Mawn.

From a sprinter to a distance runner, the Western Albemarle senior quickly realized he wanted to take up the longer events.

"The sprint events, it's all in the start it's so fast and I felt like I was better at the racing aspect," said Mawn. "Once you're in the events, it's kinda like a different sport mentally. As soon as I started running the longer events, I realized that it was a lot easier for me to race that way rather than an all-out sprint."

"In that first year running sprints, we probably realized he would be a better distance runner and a lot of guys resist that but he embraced it and said ,'Hey I'm gonna be good at this' and really worked hard at getting much better," said Western Albemarle track and cross country coach Lindy Bain.

When racing distance events or on the cross country course, Jade has learned what it takes physically and mentally to be successful.

"I feel like I've grown a lot both as a runner and also this program has changed me a lot as a person," said Mawn. "I've been able to get better at focusing and determination and all that has, I've really honed in on that with this program. I feel like working with my teammates and my coaches have helped me become a better person. And then just running on the track I just feel like I can push myself harder and do harder things because of it."

"I think cross country is really his love," said Bain.

His excellence on the course led him to be named All-State in cross country on the Warriors way to winning the state meet this year: in their first year competing in Class four.

"We were expected to get fourth place and it was just fantastic to win it both as a team and individually I had a great day," said Mawn.

Next year, Jade wont be going far. He is set to join the University of Richmond cross country team, eager to make the same impact he's made with western.

"He's really been a joy to coach," said Bain. "Such a nice young man, definitely a hard worker, very coachable, listens to what you say, works on the things he needs to work on. He's a great person to have on the team."