Cross Country

North Allegheny’s Graham Wolfe competes during the 2020 season.
Strong freshman class adds to lineup for defending PIAA champion North Allegheny cross country teams
September 18, 2021
When your boys and girls teams are both defending WPIAL and PIAA cross country champions, what do you do this fall for an encore?

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Kiski Area High School student, Lizeth Sesmas, poses for a portrait prior cross country practice on Sept. 4, 2020.
Kiski Area cross country teams set goal of improving as season progresses
September 15, 2021
Kiski Area coach Tom Berzonsky advocates a fundamental approach to the 2021 cross country season for his runners.

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Fox Chapel’s Jack Lorence is a member of the 2021 cross country team.
A-K Valley Boys Athlete of the Week: Fox Chapel’s Jack Lorence
September 14, 2021
Jack Lorence

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Senior Brady Sundin placed second overall in the boys varsity race at the Gateway Invitational on Sept. 4, 2021, at Boyce Park.
Gateway runners kick off season at host invitational
September 12, 2021
The Gateway cross country teams have a lot on their plate in the early portion of the season, and coach Tom LaBuff said workouts and challenging competition are helping the boys and girls runners gauge where they are in their progression and also set goals for the end of the season.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran wins the WPIAL Class AAA cross country title Oct. 30, 2020, at White Oak Park.
Moon’s Cochran a champion again at Red, White & Blue Classic
September 11, 2021
Moon senior Mia Cochran truly has the hang of the White Oak Park cross country course.

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Riverview senior Parker Steele placed third overall 
in the boys varsity race at the Gateway Invitational on 
Sept. 4 at Boyce Park.
Riverview boys cross country eyes return to PIAA meet
The Riverview boys cross country team finished second to Winchester Thurston at last year’s WPIAL Class A championships at White Oak Park.

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Plum senior Ashley Persia finished fifth in the girls varsity race at the Gateway Invitational on Sept. 4, 2021, at Boyce Park.
Plum runners start strong at Gateway Invitational
The Plum cross country teams are regular attendees of the season-opening Gateway Invitational at Boyce Park.

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From left, Audrey DeKunder, Natalie McLean and Meredith Price are top competitors for the Pine-Richland girls cross country team.
Loaded lineup has Pine-Richland cross country team thinking big
September 4, 2021
The Pine-Richland girls cross country team is hoping to set a gold standard this fall.

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Hampton’s Michael Belch competes during the 2020 season.
Hampton boys cross country under the radar, on the upswing
Hampton’s top three competitors at last year’s WPIAL Class 2A cross country finals were Nathan Garrett, Dale Hall and Michael Belch.

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Deer Lakes’ Carson McCoy, who ran to a PIAA Class AA title in the 1,600-meter run in May, hopes to add more gold this fall in his senior cross country season.
Deer Lakes runner McCoy gears preparation toward contending at WPIAL cross country championships
August 30, 2021
Carson McCoy is a state champion in track and field, as he won the PIAA Class AA title in the 1,600-meter run in May at Shippensburg after placing second at WPIALs at week earlier.

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Hampton sophomore Lydia Bailey was the Talbots’ top finisher at the 2020 WPIAL Class AAA cross country Championships last season.
Fresh start energizes talented, young Hampton cross country team
August 28, 2021
A youthful Hampton girls cross country team is about to get even younger.

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Austin Stuchul was Penn Hills’ top finisher at the WPIAL championships last season.
Penn Hills cross country hoping for more runners to join promising group
August 8, 2021
Lee Zelkowitz hopes when all the kids return to Penn Hills High School this fall, it will help raise participation.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran was named the state’s Gatorade girls cross country athlete of the year.<strong></strong>
Moon’s Mia Cochran named state’s top girls cross country runner by Gatorade
April 8, 2021
Moon’s Mia Cochran was named as the state’s Gatorade Cross Country Player of the Year on Thursday, making her only the second WPIAL runner to win the award.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran won the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles this season.
Moon’s Mia Cochran named Pa. Track and Field Coaches Association Runner of the Year
December 6, 2020
Mia Cochran came minutes away from not defending her WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA titles.

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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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