Cross Country

Runners compete in the 2020 Tri-State Coaches Association Cross Country Championships at White Oak Park, the site of this year’s WPIAL championships.
Perennial contender Chartiers Valley in the mix for WPIAL cross country success
October 22, 2023
The Chartiers Valley cross country program seems to be in the mix every year, and this year looks to be no different.

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Hampton’s Jacob Bonnar (right) and the Talbots will race at the WPIAL championships on Thursday (Oct. 26).
Hampton boys eye WPIAL cross country 3-peat
October 21, 2023
Since last season’s fourth-place finish at states, the Hampton boys cross country team has been focused on a return trip to Hershey.

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Butler’s Drew Griffith takes the lead during the boys Class 3A race at the TSTCA Cross Country Championship on Thursday at White Oak Park.
Butler’s Griffith sets event record in winning Tri-State cross country title
October 19, 2023
As Butler senior Drew Griffith approached the end of the 5,000-meter course at the Tri-State Cross Country Championship at White Oak Park on Thursday, his mom stood with a camera waiting for her son to break more records.

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Gateway senior Kefimba Cisse placed third in the boys varsity race at the Division I, Section 4 championship meet Oct. 4, 2023, at Northmoreland Park.
Gateway’s Kefimba Cisse sets sights on returning to PIAA championships
October 15, 2023
Kefimba Cisse likes to run at White Oak Park.

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Quaker Valley’s Clark LaLomia, Tyler Bell, Jackson Pethel, Jonah Montagnese, River Capek and Oliver Graham celebrate a first-place finish in Class 2a at the Bald Eagle Invitational.
Quaker Valley cross country teams enjoying special season
The Quaker Valley cross country program is having a magical season.

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Penn-Trafford’s Amelia Barilla takes second during the girls WCCA cross country championship Oct. 11, 2023, at Westmoreland County Community College.
                                Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penn-Trafford’s Amelia Barilla achieves personal record, takes 2nd place at WCCA meet
Penn-Trafford senior Amelia Barilla’s plan during the annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association meet was to stay with Kiski Area senior Eliza Miller and hopefully out kick her at the end.

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Runners compete in the 2020 WPIAL cross country championships at White Oak Park.
Penn Hills cross country looking to finish season strong
The Penn Hills cross country program has seen its numbers steadily climb since having a tough start to the season.

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Pine-Richland girls cross country looks to return to states … and bring the boys team along this time
Every year, the Pine-Richland cross country teams ramp up to be in peak condition for the WPIAL championships.

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Junior Holden Deasy hopes to help the Riverview boys cross country team qualify for the PIAA Class A championships for the eighth time in the past nine seasons when the Raiders run at WPIALs Oct. 26, 2023.
Riverview runners ready to contend for WPIAL medals, PIAA berth
October 14, 2023
PA Milesplit, a website which tracks and reports on cross country teams throughout the state, lists five teams as the primary contenders for the four PIAA qualifying spots from WPIAL boys Class A.

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Plum senior Gabriel Powell crosses the finish line fifth overall in the boys varsity race at the Division I, Section 4 cross country championship meet Oct. 4, 2023, at Northmoreland Park.
Plum runners prepare for WPIAL cross country championships
Gabriel Powell has the PIAA cross country championships on his mind as the days become fewer and fewer before the WPIAL’s top races of the year take center stage Oct. 26 at White Oak Park.

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Franklin Regional’s Nathan Kociela takes second in the boys WCCA cross country championship Oct. 11, 2023, at Westmoreland County Community College.
Franklin Regional’s Nathan Kociela, Caroline Shirley shine at WCCA championships
There was nothing but smiles on the faces of Franklin Regional cross country runners Oct. 11 following their finishes at the Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association cross country championships.

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Eden Christian senior Nathan Garrett, who won a WPIAL Class 2A team title with Hampton as a sophomore, is one of the top runners in the WPIAL Class A during the 2023 season.
After sitting out, Eden Christian runner eager to compete for WPIAL cross country gold
The only running Nathan Garrett did at last year’s WPIAL cross country championships was to urge on his Eden Christian teammates.

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Fox Chapel’s Rowan Gwin competes in the Division 1, Section 4 cross country championship Oct. 4 at Northmoreland Park.
Fox Chapel cross country claims section titles, building momentum for WPIAL meet
Fox Chapel cross country coach Thomas Moul knew what the top goal on the mind of the girls team was. After a few years without a title, the Foxes wanted to get back on top of the section.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller takes the early lead and never looks back as she wins the girls WCCA Cross Country Championship on Wednesday.
Kiski Area’s Miller, Plazio win WCCA titles; Norwin boys, girls sweep 3A team trophies
October 11, 2023
As Eliza Miller headed toward the finish line during the annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association Cross Country Championship on Wednesday, she turned it on.

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Submitted | Lee Schaeffer 
                                Norwin sophomore cross country runner Annie Czajkowski
Norwin runner finds perfect pace, shows plenty of potential
October 7, 2023
While she used to come out sprinting at the start of a cross country race, Annie Czajkowski is more methodical now, pacing herself before a late push to pass.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller wins the Division 1, Section 4 cross country championship Oct. 4, 2023, at Northmoreland Park.
Kiski Area’s Miller shines again at cross country sectional
October 4, 2023
Kiski Area senior Eliza Miller crushed her own Northmoreland Park course record Wednesday at the WPIAL Division 1, Section 4 cross country championship meet, finishing the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 22.80 seconds.

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North Allegheny’s Wren Kucler wins the Class 3A girls race at the Tri-State Coaches Association Cross Country Championships in 2021.
For North Allegheny cross country team, it’s a matter of staying the course
September 30, 2023
When it comes to putting down cones, North Allegheny might be second only to PennDOT. There are always plenty lining the school’s cross county course in North Park.

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Greensburg Salem senior Ashlan Price
Westmoreland County Senior Spotlight: Greensburg Salem’s Ashlan Price
September 25, 2023
In Westmoreland County, there is no cross country program like Greensburg Salem’s.

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Burrell senior Grace Nesko
A-K Valley Senior Spotlight: Burrell’s Grace Nesko
For a cross country runner such as Burrell’s Grace Nesko, a hip injury might be the toughest to endure.

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North Hills’ Ella Demoise competes during the 2023 season.
North Hills senior adds cross country to 3-sport resume, gives team boost
September 23, 2023
Ella Demoise’s plate was already pretty full heading into her senior year of high school. But she was willing to make a little space, and the North Hills cross country program sure is happy about that.

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