Cross Country

Pine-Richland’s Meredith Price finished 12th at the WPIAL cross country meet.
Pine-Richland girls, boys cross country teams finish strong season
November 1, 2019
The Pine-Richland cross country teams wrapped up their team season with a number of landmark performances at the WPIAL Class AAA cross country championships last week at Cal (Pa.) The girls team took fourth, and the boys team finished 14th.

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Plum’s Justin Mascilli runs to a first-place finish at a dual meet with Avonworth on Oct. 10, 2019 at Boyce Park in Plum.
Plum’s Justin Mascilli misses spot at state cross country meet by narrowest of margins
Plum senior Justin Mascilli placed 27th in the boys Class AAA race at the WPIAL cross country championships Oct. 24 at Cal (Pa.).

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Norwin’s Jake Tarosky rounds a corner at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country championships on Oct. 9, 2019.
Norwin cross country falls just short of team goal
Norwin cross country coach Brian Fleckenstein knew it would take a great effort from his boys team to qualify for the PIAA cross country championship Nov. 2.

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The Shaler cross country team competed at the WPIAL championsihps Oct. 24, 2019, at Cal (Pa.).
Shaler runners make impact at postseason cross country meets
October 31, 2019
Tyler Paszkowski, Dalton Kalbaugh and Samantha Hennen have developed into great examples for Shaler Area cross country coach Justin Eskra.

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Bishop Canevin sophomores Erin LaQuatra and Trey Varley qualified for the PIAA meet during the WPIAL championships Oct. 24, 2019, at Cal (Pa.).
Varley, LaQuatra, Kozy follow siblings’ lead to PIAA cross country championships
When it comes to playing sports, a younger sibling usually follows in the footsteps of the older. Bishop Canevin sophomore Trey Varley took the opposite route.

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Penn Hills runners gain experience at WPIAL meet
With a young, inexperienced and shorthanded lineup, the Penn Hills boys cross country team wrapped up its season at the WPIAL Class AAA championships Oct. 24 at Cal (Pa.).

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Norwin runner Jubert looking to make up for injury-plagued season at states
Norwin junior Alex Jubert missed much of the 2019 cross country season recovering from injuries.

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Fox Chapel’s Grace Sisson heads to states after finishing fifth at WPIALs.
A-K Valley runners on quest for medals at PIAA cross country meet
A contingent of Alle-Kiski Valley cross country teams and individuals hope to build on performances from WPIALs as they run against the state’s best Saturday at the PIAA championships in Hershey.

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Brownsville’s Gionna Quarzo crosses the finish line to win the girls WPIAL Class AA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Brownsville’s Quarzo sisters celebrate, Moon’s Mia Cochran pulls off shocker at WPIAL cross country meet
October 24, 2019
Gionna Quarzo of Brownsville has made her name on the track.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Class AAA boys championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Cal U (Pa.).
Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson betters own course record, captures first WPIAL title
Patrick Anderson started this season by setting a course record at the Marty Uher Invitational on the Roadman Park course at Cal (Pa.).

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Greensburg Salem’s Jamie Tanto runs to the finish line during the WPIAL Class AA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University. Tanto finsihed the race in eighth place to lead the Lions to a second place team finish.
Greensburg Salem sees girls team, 2 boys qualify for states at WPIAL cross country meet
Greensburg Salem cross country coach Nathan Snider couldn’t ask for a better effort from his girls team Thursday at the WPIAL championships at Cal (Pa.).

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Knoch’s Sammy Jo Barnes runs to a fourth place finish during the WPIAL Class AA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Knoch girls cross country team makes leap forward at WPIAL meet
Sammy Jo Barnes qualified for the PIAA cross country championships individually the past two seasons.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson (left) and North Allegheny’s Daniel McGoey help each other from the finish line at the PIAA cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Hershey. Anderson won, and McGoey was third.
5 things to watch at the 2019 WPIAL cross country championships
October 23, 2019
For the second straight year, hundreds of high school runners will gather at the Roadman Park Course at Cal (Pa.) on Thursday to compete in the WPIAL cross country championships.

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Riverview’s Mason Ochs crosses the finish line to win a country meet against Knoch Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, in Saxonburg.
Riverview ready to take a run at WPIAL cross country favorites
October 22, 2019
The Riverview boys cross country team finished runner-up to Winchester Thurston in Class A at WPIALs each of the past three seasons.

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Greensburg-Salem’s Noah Calisti comes in second overall in the boys varsity race during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association’s cross country meet Oct. 9, 2019 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Greensburg Salem boys hope to defend WPIAL cross country title
Greensburg Salem’s boys cross country team is going for a WPIAL Class AA title repeat.

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Plum’s Justin Mascilli runs to a first-place finish at a nonsection dual meet with Avonworth on Oct. 10, 2019, at Boyce Park in Plum.
Plum’s Mascilli, Valotta seek big jump at WPIAL championship meet
October 18, 2019
Justin Mascilli finished 51st in the boys Class AAA race at last year’s WPIAL cross country championships on the Roadman Park course at Cal (Pa.).

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Gateway cross country on comeback trail after midseason car crash
Gateway’s cross country team was picking up steam at the midpoint of the season until a car crash injured three runners.

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Bethel Park’s Emily Carter gets a hug from an opponent at the TriState XC meet Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.
Anderson, Carter smash records at Tri-State cross country meet
October 17, 2019
When the WPIAL holds its cross country championships on Oct. 23 at Cal (Pa.), the favorites to win the Class AAA boys and girls races are Mt. Lebanon senior Patrick Anderson and Bethel Park junior Emily Carter.

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Big-race experience boosts Chartiers Valley cross country team
With the WPIAL championships approaching, the Chartiers Valley cross country teams are getting some big race experience.

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Hampton’s Ansley Haught competes during a duel meet at Pine-Richland Sept. 17, 2019.
Hampton girls cross country team learns to overcome obstacles
The main goal for Hampton girls cross country this season was simply growth and development. Learning how to overcome injuries and obstacles is part of that process, and the Talbots have done it well.

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