Cross Country

Gateway junior Kefimba Cisse placed 15th in the Class 3A boys race at the Red, White & Blue Invitational on Sept. 10 at White Oak Park.
Gateway runner Kefimba Cisse gains confidence ahead of postseason races
October 2, 2022
Kefimba Cisse made his Gateway cross country debut last year after playing soccer as a freshman in the fall of 2020.

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Junior embraces competition, camaraderie of cross country
Sawyer Kinney can usually see the people he races against are feeling what he is feeling. After crossing the finish line, Kinney sees, and emphasizes with, the suffering.

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Hempfield senior Cydney Blahovec
Westmoreland County Senior Spotlight: Hempfield’s Cydney Blahovec
September 26, 2022
In most sports, a span of five seconds isn’t that big of a deal, unless it’s right before the buzzer.

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Burrell senior Kadi Bauer
A-K Valley Senior Spotlight: Burrell’s Kadi Bauer
From a top 12 finish at the state track meet to broken individual and school records to, most recently, a big improvement in times at the annual Red, White & Blue Invitational, senior Kadi Bauer has done a lot in her Burrell athletic career.

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North Allegheny’s Jack Bertram finishes third in the Class AAA boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Talented sophomores pacing defending PIAA champion North Allegheny cross country teams
September 24, 2022
At this time of year, North Allegheny’s cross country team doesn’t talk much about winning championships, even if the boys and girls are both defending state champs.

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The 2022 Chartiers Valley girls cross country team
Chartiers Valley runners set sights on qualifying for PIAA meet
September 22, 2022
The Chartiers Valley boys and girls cross country teams are not shy about their goals this fall.

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Fox Chapel’s Clara Kelley competes at the Gateway Invitational on Sept. 3, 2022, at Boyce Park.
Fox Chapel cross country teams surprise with early success
September 17, 2022
Fox Chapel’s route to a fourth consecutive boys cross country section title won’t be an easy one with five of the top seven runners graduated.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller wins the Kiski Area Invitational on Sept. 16, 2022, at Northmoreland Park.
Kiski Area’s Miller, Fox Chapel’s Gwin capture Kiski Invitational titles
September 16, 2022
After going through massive changes to format two years ago because of the covid pandemic and not being able to run last year, organizers of the fifth Gingerbread Man Kiski Invitational cross country meet at Allegheny Township’s Northmoreland Park were hoping for the best as more than 20 area high school gathered again Friday for one of the region’s top high school events.

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North Allegheny’s Wren Kucler finishes third in the Class 3A girls race during the WPIAL cross country championships last year.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Sept. 13, 2022: Runners begin section competition
September 12, 2022
Many people around the area will take advantage of a nice, late summer day Tuesday with some sort of run, jog or brisk walk at a nearby park.

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Submitted by Natalie McLean
                                Pine-Richland’s Natalie McLean earned a pair of medals at the PIAA track and field championships May 27-28 at Shippensburg.
Returning runners step into key roles for Pine-Richland cross country team
September 11, 2022
The Pine-Richland girls cross country team graduated two runners who are now competing at NCAA Division I schools, but there’s still a wealth of talent in the program.

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Riverview sophomore Lily Bauer crosses the finish line at the Gateway Invitational cross country meet Sept. 3, 2022, at Plum’s Boyce Park.
Riverview boys cross country begins quest to defend WPIAL title
Amberson Bauer and Christopher Barnes finished near the top — third and fourth, respectively — at the traditional season-opening Gateway Invitational cross country meet Sept. 3 at Boyce Park in Plum.

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Plum senior Nate Mienke closes in on the finish line at the Gateway Invitational cross country meet Sept. 3, 2022, at Plum’s Boyce Park.
Plum runners off to strong start after performance at Gateway Invitational
Plum’s Connor Pivirotto and Riverview’s Christopher Barnes were next to each other down the final straightaway to the finish line in the boys varsity race at the Gateway Invitational cross country meet Sept. 3 at Boyce Park.

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Gateway junior Kefimba Cisse captured the boys varsity race at the Gateway Invitational cross country meet Sept. 3, 2022, at Plum’s Boyce Park.
Kefimba Cisse claims title at host Gateway Invitational
Kefimba Cisse finished second to the now-graduate Brady Sundin in Gateway cross country races last year.

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Hampton sophomores Nathan Garrett (left) and Dale Hall sprint to the finish in the Class AA boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Hampton cross country team working on encore after historic season
September 10, 2022
The Hampton boys cross country team is learning how to run with a target on its back.

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Top runners on Penn Hills cross country team set for competitive season
August 20, 2022
Austin Stuchul and Sawyer Kinney went east to make improvements for the Penn Hills cross country team this fall.

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Hampton’s Kevyn Fish runs to the finish line in the Class AAA girls race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Breaking down changes to the 2022-23 WPIAL cross country alignment
July 5, 2022
The WPIAL released new section alignments for the next two-year cycle in all sports, and changes will be implemented starting this fall.

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Latrobe twins Lexie (left) and Lizzie Planinsek took part in the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 1, 2022.
Running to honor their father’s memory, Latrobe twins finish among leaders at Pittsburgh Marathon
May 6, 2022
Latrobe twins Lexie and Lizzie Planinsek ran their first marathon May 1.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran crosses the finish line to win the Class AAA girls race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Moon’s Mia Cochran repeats as Pa. Gatorade girls cross country award winner
January 25, 2022
Moon’s Mia Cochran has defended yet another cross country title.

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From left, Shaler senior runners Tyler Paszkowski (Robert Morris), Samantha Hennen (Kennesaw State) and Ryan Paris (Robert Morris) have committed to run in college.
Shaler cross country duo to run at Robert Morris
January 23, 2022
Ryan Paris didn’t feel tied down when making his college decision.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller
Alle-Kiski Valley boys and girls cross country honor rolls announced
December 22, 2021
The Alle-Kiski Valley Cross Country Honor Roll for the 2021 season was released Wednesday.

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