Cross Country

Gateway cross country giving foes run for their money
September 20, 2019
Gateway’s cross country teams are showing more cohesiveness heading into second half of the season, coach Tom LaBuff said, which has resulted in improved times.

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Pine-Richland’s Victor Williams competes during a meet at Pine-Richland September 17, 2019.
Pine-Richland cross country teams picking up the pace
After finishing fifth out of 26 teams at the 17th annual Red, White &Blue Classic at the Schenley Oval, the Pine-Richland girls cross country team is trending upward as it continues to make its way through its 2019 schedule.

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Shaler cross country trying to peak at right time
Justin Eskra has tried to carefully build up several Shaler Area athletes to make a run for qualifying for the PIAA Class AAA championships.

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North Hills runners showing pack mentality
With their meet season heating up, the North Hills cross country teams are showing some solid signs of progress under first-year coach Shannon Metzler.

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North Allegheny’s Graham Wolfe competes during a meet at Pine-Richland on Sept. 17.
North Allegheny cross country teams narrow focus as big meets loom
For the North Allegheny cross country team, competing at the PIAA Foundation Meet is a nice primer for a program that always has high expectations.

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The 2019 Shady Side Academy girls cross country team.
SSA cross country team mixes youth, experience
September 13, 2019
After her team went 7-2 and placed seventh at the WPIAL championships last season, Shady Side Academy cross country coach Sue Whitney has a lot of holes to plug.

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With revamped roster, SSA ready to run
Despite losing four of his top seven runners to graduation, cross country coach Paul Ejzak is hopeful Shady Side Academy will have a solid season.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer competes at the Kiski Area Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 13, 2019, at Northmoreland Park.
GCC’s Brewer, Indiana’s Branan claim titles at Kiski Area Invitational
Sunny skies, reduced humidity and a slight breeze welcomed runners to Friday’s third annual Kiski Area Cross Country Invitational at spacious Northmoreland Park in northern Westmoreland County.

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Penn Hills boys cross country seeks improvement throughout season
September 12, 2019
Lee Zelkowitz might not have a girls cross country team to coach at Penn Hills, but he is looking to see the progress made by the boys team.

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Riverview junior Mason Ochs runs to a first-place finish in the boys Class A race at the 17th annual Red, White & Blue Classic at the Schenley Park Oval on Sept. 7, 2019.
Riverview cross country runner Ochs continues upward trend
September 8, 2019
As a freshman, Mason Ochs was the ninth runner on the Riverview boys cross country team and didn’t compete at WPIALs.

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo (left) took first place in the combined girls Class A and AA race at the Red, White and Blue Classic on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, and sister Jolena Quarzo finished second.
Red White and Blue Classic crowns cross country winners
September 7, 2019
The 17th annual Red, White and Blue Classic crowned winners that were among the favorites and a newcomer who never had run the course.

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Norwin runner Dom Spatolisano competes during an early-season meet in 2018.
Norwin coach calls Red, White and Blue Invitational a good early season test
September 5, 2019
Norwin cross country coach Brian Fleckenstein is looking forward to the Red, White and Blue Invitational on Saturday at Schenley Park.

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South Fayette senior Hailey Poe competed this summer at the International Triathlon Union Age Group Sprint Triathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Triathlon experience invaluable to South Fayette 3-sport athlete Hailey Poe
South Fayette senior Hailey Poe expects to be a better high school athlete after competing on an international stage this summer.

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Hampton’s Ansley Haught (left) and Kendall Solkovy prepares for the 2019-2020 cross country season September 4, 2019
Freshman class brings enthusiasm to Hampton girls cross country team
There will be plenty of new faces in the running for the Hampton girls cross country team this year. What they could grow into remains to be seen.

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Hampton’s Joe Fish prepares for the 2019-2020 cross country season September 4, 2019
Opportunity knocks on Hampton boys cross country team
For underclassmen on the Hampton boys cross country team, opportunity abounds.

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Fox Chapel’s Grace Sisson returns for the 2019 season.
Fox Chapel runner Sisson eyes big senior season
August 30, 2019
Fox Chapel senior cross country runner Grace Sisson has experienced much success in her previous three years.

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3 generations of Snider family to take part in cross country invitational
When Cal (Pa.) hosts to the annual Marty Uher Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, the Snider family will be well represented.

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Mason Ochs, a junior, leads a pack of Riverview boys cross country runners in a workout at Oakmont’s Riverside Park on Aug. 28, 2019.
Alle-Kiski cross country teams, individuals ready to make their mark
Christian Fitch began last season with a win at the Gateway Invitational.

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Shaler cross country wants to continue program’s growth
August 29, 2019
Years of rebuilding the middle school cross country program started to show progress at the varsity level for Shaler Area last season.

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Carlynton boys cross country runners Michael Kozy and Desmond Corrado.
Signal Item cross country preview: Young runners get chance to shine
Cross country season opens with many of the Carnegie-area teams looking to replace their top runners. The good news? Most of the teams were young last season and have plenty of experience coming back.

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