Cross Country

Riverview’s Parker Steele edges out Aquinas Academy’s John Griffith to finish fifth in Class A boys during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at Cal (Pa.).
After 3rd-place finish at PIAA meet, Riverview bids farewell to decorated senior runners
November 21, 2021
The Riverview boys cross country team was situated high in the PIAA Class A state rankings through the entirety of the fall season.

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Shaler’s Ryan Paris runs last season.
Shaler runners build to strong postseason
Tyler Paszkowski and his Shaler cross country teammates started the season slow by design.

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North Allegheny’s Maura Mlecko shows off her four PIAA cross country medals after helping the Tigers to the 2021 state title.
North Allegheny’s Mlecko steps into PIAA cross country history books as 4-time team champion
November 20, 2021
There was a time when Maura Mlecko was the freshman on North Allegheny’s cross country team, running at the state championship meet in Hershey for the first time. But like runners on that course, four years can go by fast.

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Hampton sophomores Nathan Garrett (left) and Dale Hall sprint to the finish in the Class 2A boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships Oct. 28.
Future bright for Hampton cross country teams
The Hampton boys and girls cross country teams each have a lot to look forward to next season.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Class 3A girls race Oct. 28.
Moon’s Mia Cochran named Pennsylvania cross country runner of the year
November 18, 2021
Moon senior Mia Cochran picked up a huge honor when the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association named her the girls athlete of the year.

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Derry’s Jane Huss is a member of the 2021 cross country team.
Westmoreland County girls athlete of the week: Derry’s Jane Huss
November 17, 2021
Jane Huss

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Audrey DeKunder, Natalie McLean and Meredith Price are top competitors for the Pine-Richland girls cross country team.
Before heading west, Pine-Richland runner caps decorated high school cross country career
November 14, 2021
On Nov. 10, Meredith Price signed a letter of intent for track and cross country at Utah State, so this coming fall she’ll be running in the Rocky Mountains.

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Gateway’s Brady Sundin (right) keeps pace with Connellsville’s Zach Bigam as they run to the finish in the Class AAA boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Oct. 28, at Cal (Pa.).
Gateway’s Sundin caps high school cross country career at PIAA championships
Brady Sundin capped his high school cross country career on the state’s biggest stage.

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Plum’s Ashley Persia crosses the finish line in the Class AAA girls race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Oct. 28, 2021, at Cal (Pa.).
Persia leads Plum runners at WPIAL championship meet
November 7, 2021
Ashley Persia ran her final high school cross country race Oct. 28 at the WPIAL championships, and the Plum senior made her move throughout the race and finished 48th in Class 3A at Cal (Pa).

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Penn Hills runner sets course for senior season
Austin Stuchul’s experience gained competing at the WPIAL Class 3A cross country championships Oct. 28 at Cal (Pa.) provided a blueprint for his senior season.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran, shown at the WPIAL cross country championships, won her third straight PIAA Class 3A title on Saturday.
Moon’s Cochran, Butler’s Singleton win state cross country titles
November 6, 2021
It was quite an exciting day for cross country teams from the WPIAL on Saturday at the PIAA championships in Hershey.

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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 Oct. 28 at California University of Pa.
Coach pays off bet as Hampton wins school’s 1st WPIAL cross country title
Hampton boys cross country coach Dean Longwell dyed his hair bleach blonde on Oct. 31, but it had nothing to do with Halloween.

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North Allegheny’s Eva Kynaston finishes fourth in the Class AAA girls race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Freshmen runners help North Allegheny boys, girls again sweep WPIAL titles
The starting line at a cross country championship can be a stressful scene for first-timers, yet North Allegheny’s freshmen clearly weren’t fazed.

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Greensburg Salem’s Aaron Tressler, Charles Johnson and Jacob Smith qualified for the PIAA cross country championships.
Greensburg Salem runners look to end on high note at state cross country meet
November 5, 2021
Greensburg Salem’s boys cross country team has built a tradition under coach Nathan Snider.

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Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy is a member of the 2021 cross country team.
A-K Valley boys athlete of the week: Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy
November 2, 2021
Carson McCoy

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Riverview’s Parker Steele is a member of the 2021 cross country team.
A-K Valley senior spotlight: Riverview’s Parker Steele
November 1, 2021
Parker Steele

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer eyes the finish line during the Class A girls race at the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
GCC’s Corinn Brewer brings home gold in final WPIAL cross country race
October 28, 2021
In her final WPIAL cross country race, Corinn Brewer wouldn’t let anyone take away her goal of capturing championship gold.

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Riverview’s Parker Steele accepts the Class A boys team championship trophy with his teammates during the WPIAL cross country finals on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Riverview boys finally grab WPIAL cross country team championship
The Riverview boys cross country team was stuck in a scene from the movie “Groundhog Day” for the past several years.

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Ringgold’s Ryan Pajak crosses the finish line to win the Class AA boys race during the WPIAL cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at California University of Pa.
Ringgold sophomore overcomes fall to win WPIAL cross country title
Ringgold sophomore Ryan Pajak overcame a fall to claim his first WPIAL Class 2A cross country title Thursday at Cal (Pa.).

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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 runs to 3rd straight WPIAL cross country crown
Mia Cochran trains with the Moon boys cross country team.

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