Cross Country

North Allegheny’s Keeley Misutka leads a pack of runners, followed by Bethel Park’s Jenna Lang, and Baldwin’s Gina Bolla, while competing in the Tri-State Coaches Association Cross Country Championships at White Oak Park on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.
Baldwin’s Gina Bolla leaves lasting mark on cross country program
November 28, 2020
Gina Bolla entered the Baldwin cross country program in 2017 as a quiet, unassuming freshman.

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Knoch senior Mike Formica crosses the finish line while competing at the WPIAL Class AA cross country championships Oct. 28, 2020, at White Oak Park.
A-K Valley cross country all-star teams announced
November 25, 2020
After a fall season like no other, area cross country coaches came together recently to celebrate the athletes who competed on some of the biggest stages in the WPIAL and beyond with the sixth edition of the Alle-Kiski cross country all-star teams.

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Shaler’s Tyler Paszkowski competes during the 2020 cross country season.
Despite hard-luck finish, Shaler cross country team pleased with season
November 15, 2020
Tyler Paszkowski positioned himself perfectly during the WPIAL Class AAA championship race Oct. 29 at White Oak Park.

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North Allegheny’s Keeley Misutka leads a pack of runners competing at the Tri-State Coaches Association Cross Country Championships on Oct. 22.
North Allegheny runners elevate their game, sweep PIAA cross country titles
November 14, 2020
There’s an old theory that Western Pennsylvania cross country runners are better on hilly courses while their counterparts from the east thrive on fast, flat stretches.

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Redeemer Lutheran runners finish cross country season strong
Redeemer Lutheran’s cross country team was hoping to finish strong with the runners who qualified for the WPIAL meet in late October. That’s exactly what happened as three competitors placed in the top 100 of the girls and boys races.

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Pine-Richland’s Victor Williams finished 11th at the WPIAL cross country meet.
Pine-Richland cross country teams have season to remember
Pine-Richland’s cross-country program had its best season since joining Class 3A in 1998 with the boys team finishing fifth at WPIALs and the girls being runners-up to North Allegheny.

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Gateway senior Luke Whisel placed 41st overall at the WPIAL Class AAA boys cross country championships Oct. 30, 2020, at White Oak Park.
Luke Whisel paces Gateway runners at soggy WPIAL championship race
November 8, 2020
An unprecedented season for the Gateway cross country teams, altered at every turn because of the coronavirus pandemic, concluded Oct. 30 at the WPIAL championships at White Oak Park.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran at the 2019 PIAA cross country championships in Hershey.
Moon’s Cochran, Shenango’s Medvit claim PIAA cross country titles
November 7, 2020
Mia Cochran and Carmen Medvit captured PIAA cross country championships Saturday in Hershey.

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Penn Hills’ Austin Stuchul competes against Avonworth on Sept. 24.
Penn Hills cross country team picking up steam
The Penn Hills boys cross country team had a young core this season that finished strong, which provides coach Lee Zelkowitz with optimism for years to come.

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Knoch’s Mike Formica crosses the finish line while competing in the WPIAL cross country championships at White Oak Park on Oct. 28, 2020.
Knoch’s Mike Formica has high expectations for PIAA championship meet
November 6, 2020
Mike Formica stood on the top of the mountain Oct. 28 at White Oak Park as the newly crowned WPIAL Class 2A boys cross country champion.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer runs ahead of Serra Catholic’s Maya Poziviak in the WPIAL Class A girls cross country championship Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at White Oak Park.
Greensburg Central Catholic’s Corinn Brewer eyes PIAA championship
Greensburg Central Catholic junior Corinn Brewer didn’t know why she tightened up at the WPIAL Class A cross country championships Oct. 28 at White Oak Park.

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North Allegheny’s Keeley Misutka leads a pack of runners competing in the Tri-State Coaches Association Cross Country Championships at White Oak Park on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.
North Allegheny cross country teams set for unique PIAA championship race
In a typical cross country meet, runners can see the competition ahead of them or hear their footsteps approaching from behind.

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Riverview’s Mason Ochs takes second in the boys WPIAL Class A cross country championship Oct. 28 at White Oak Park.
Despite missing out on trip to state meet, Riverview boys proud of 2nd-place finish
October 31, 2020
Under normal WPIAL cross country circumstances, the Riverview boys team would be heading to Hershey this weekend to compete with the best in the state.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran wins her second WPIAL Class AAA cross country championship.
After last-minute test result, Moon’s Mia Cochran defends WPIAL Class AAA cross country title
October 30, 2020
Mia Cochran almost didn’t get a chance to defend her WPIAL Class AAA girls cross country title.

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Winchester Thurston’s Patrick Malone wins the boys A WPIAL XC Championship Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 at White Oak Park.
Shenango senior captures second WPIAL Class A cross country crown
October 28, 2020
Shenango senior Carmen Medvit captured her second WPIAL Class A cross country championship Wednesday by breezing to a victory at White Oak Park.

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Shenango’s Carmen Medvit wins the WPIAL Class A girls cross country championship Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 at White Oak Park.
GCC’s Corinn Brewer, Riverview’s Mason Ochs take second at WPIAL Class A cross country meet
Corinn Brewer knew early. Wednesday wasn’t going to be her day.

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Runners participate in the WPIAL Class AA cross country championships at White Oak Park on Oct. 28, 2020.
WPIAL moves Class AAA cross country to Friday
The WPIAL announced that Thursday’s WPIAL Class AAA Cross Country Championship has been moved to Friday because of a possibility of heavy rain.

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Knoch’s Mike Formica crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Class AA cross country title Wednesday at White Oak Park.
Knoch’s Formica wins WPIAL Class AA cross country title; GS boys victorious
Mike Formica celebrated his 18th birthday in style.

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Brownsville Area’s Jolena Quarzo, pursued by Montour’s Hope Trimmer, competes in the WPIAL cross country championships at White Oak Park on Oct. 28, 2020.
Brownsville runner keeps WPIAL Class 2A cross country gold in family
As a freshman last year, Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo earned a silver medal at the WPIAL Class AA cross country championships at Cal U (Pa.) as older sister Gionna dominated the field to claim gold.

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Belle Vernon’s Grace Henderson wins the girls AA Tri-State Coaches Association cross country championships Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 at White Oak Park.
WPIAL cross country championships to feature numerous changes
October 27, 2020
One thing is for certain this fall in high school sports: Things are a lot different because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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