Cross Country

Gateway runners stay dedicated to lowering times throughout season
September 20, 2020
While the PIAA and WPIAL wrangled with the decision to maintain the fall sports seasons or postpone them to 2021, the Gateway boys and girls cross country teams kept churning out miles to be ready to go when called upon.

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Shaler’s Ryan Paris competes during the 2020 cross country season.
Paszkowski, Paris lead Shaler cross country team into promising season
Running at North Park and the river trails in Millvale helped Tyler Paszkowski and Ryan Paris pass a lot of time during quarantine.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran crosses the finish line to win the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Butler’s Singleton, Moon’s Cochran among winners at Red, White and Blue Classic
September 19, 2020
Butler’s C.J. Singleton recorded the fastest time of all runners who competed in the 18th annual Red, White and Blue Classic at White Oak Park in White Oak on Saturday afternoon.

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Members of the Fox Chapel boys and girls cross country teams break out from the start of their time trial at the Gingerbread Man Kiski Cavalier Invitational on Sept. 18, 2020, at Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township.
Indiana’s Beckwith, Kiski Area’s Miller claim titles at unique Kiski Cavalier Invitational
September 18, 2020
Cool and breezy morning weather gave way to comfortable afternoon temperatures as some of the WPIAL’s top runners kicked off their fall seasons Friday at the Gingerbread Man Kiski Cavalier Invitational at Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran crosses the finish line to win the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Cal (Pa.).
Red, White and Blue Classic cross country meet has new home
September 17, 2020
The Red, White and Blue Classic, an annual cross country meet that is typically run in early September at the Schenley Park Oval, has a new home for 2020.

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Riverview’s Mason Ochs runs to a first-place finish Sept. 24 during a meet against Knoch in Saxonburg.
Riverview runners chasing WPIAL, PIAA gold
September 10, 2020
When Mason Ochs broke the tape at the finish line at last year’s WPIAL Class A cross country championships at Cal (Pa.), he realized his dream of becoming a WPIAL champion.

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Kiski Area High School students, Jordan Fairman, Eliza Miller, and Lizeth Sesmas, run during a cross country practice on Sept. 4, 2020.
Cross country coaches make tweaks to run meets, generate ‘enthusiasm, optimism’
September 5, 2020
With the hope of having a fall high school season and understanding meets most likely would take a form unlike any before, cross country coaches throughout the WPIAL collaborated with each other and others from across the country to develop ideas as well as generate enthusiasm and optimism.

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Bethel Park’s Emily Carter gets a hug from an opponent at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association meet Oct. 17, 2019, at Cal (Pa.).
Bethel Park’s Emily Carter commits to run at Oklahoma State
August 14, 2020
Emily Carter is heading west to continue her cross country and track and field pursuits.

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Central Catholic’s Matt Altsman celebrates with the student section after beating Pine-Richland in the WPIAL Class 6A Championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2019 at Heinz Field.
PIAA emphasizes ban on spectators comes from Gov. Wolf — not PIAA
July 30, 2020
The PIAA released a statement Thursday emphasizing that the current ban on spectators at high school sports events was imposed by Gov. Tom Wolf — not the PIAA.

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Butler’s Annessa Schnur vs. South Park’s MAura Huwalt
Trib HSSN May Madness: Annessa Schnur, Butler vs. Maura Huwalt, South Park
May 18, 2020
Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who you fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Hopewell’s Christa Harmotto vs. Shaler’s Brianna Schwartz
Trib HSSN May Madness: Christa Harmotto, Hopewell vs. Brianna Schwartz, Shaler
May 13, 2020
Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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North Allegheny’s Stephanie Madia vs. Quaker Valley’s Tabitha Bemis
Trib HSSN May Madness: Stephanie Madia, North Allegheny vs. Tabitha Bemis, Quaker Valley
May 11, 2020
Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who you fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Latrobe’s Natalie Bower vs. South Park’s Nikki Doria
Trib HSSN May Madness: Natalie Bower, Latrobe vs. Nikki Doria, South Park
May 8, 2020
Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Knoch’s Sammy Jo Barnes (right) runs at the front of the pack during the WPIAL Class AA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
WPIAL approves site, schedule change for cross country championships
February 17, 2020
The WPIAL cross country championships will return to Cal (Pa.) next fall with an overhaul to the race schedule.

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Quaker Valley senior Annie Wicker signs her letter of intent to William & Mary for track. She was joined by her parents, Doug and Carolyn Wicker.
Quaker Valley’s Annie Wicker to run for William & Mary
December 20, 2019
A lead from a Quaker Valley alum convinced senior Annie Wicker to sign a letter of intent to compete for the William &Mary women’s cross country and track and field teams next season.

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North Allegheny’s Hannah Lindgren signs a letter of intent to Delaware for cross country. She was joined by her parents Kirsten and Bryan (seated) and (in back) North Allegheny coach John Neff.
North Allegheny runner Hannah Lindgren headed to Delaware
North Allegheny senior Hannah Lindgren has signed a letter of intent with Delaware to continue her running career.

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Fox Chapel senior Christian Fitch signs a letter of intent to Temple for track and field and cross country. With him are Fox Chapel coaches Tom Moul, Matthew LaPatka and Pete Shiner.
Fox Chapel runner Fitch signs with Temple
Fox Chapel senior Christian Fitch is the most decorated American runner to come down the pike — literally and figuratively — for the Temple men’s cross country team since James Snyder became coach in 2013.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson competes at the 2019 Footlocker Finals on Dec. 14, 2019, in San Diego, Calif.
Mt. Lebanon’s Anderson takes 3rd at national 5K final
December 15, 2019
Mt. Lebanon senior Patrick Anderson came up short in his bid for a title at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals on Saturday at San Diego’s Balboa Park.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson crosses the finish line to win the boys WPIAL Class AAA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Anderson, Cochran headed to Foot Locker Championship
December 1, 2019
Another big cross country meet, another big win for Mt. Lebanon senior Patrick Anderson.

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Fox Chapel Area’s Grace Sisson finished eighth at the state cross country meet.
Fox Chapel ends cross country season with pair of PIAA medals
November 15, 2019
The Fox Chapel cross country team brought home a pair of medals from the PIAA championships Nov. 2.

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