Cross Country

Fox Chapel’s Ethan Vaughan competes at the Kiski Invitational on Sept. 15 in Northmoreland Park.
Works pays off when Fox Chapel runner shatters personal best time
September 23, 2023
Fox Chapel junior cross country runner Ethan Vaughan wanted to get below 17 minutes this season. Last season, Vaughan plateaued with a best time of 17 minutes, 2 seconds.

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Freeport’s Michael Braun takes second at the Kiski Area Invitational on Sept. 16, 2022, at Northmoreland Park.
Best races are ahead for Freeport junior cross country runner Michael Braun
September 20, 2023
Michael Braun was the seventh-fastest underclassmen and the third fastest sophomore at last year’s WPIAL Class 2A cross country championships at Cal U (Pa.).

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Penn Hills runners making strides under returning coach
September 17, 2023
Being a longtime member of the cross country community made putting a schedule together late not too bad for Penn Hills coach Lee Zelkowitz.

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North Allegheny’s Robin Kucler (583) and Eva Kynaston are two of the Tigers’ top runners again this season.
Defending WPIAL, PIAA champion North Allegheny cross country teams off to fast start
September 16, 2023
There’s a common cliché in sports that says success breeds success. And in the WPIAL, you need to look no further than the North Allegheny cross country program.

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Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller competes at the Kiski Invitational on Sept. 15, 2023, at Northmoreland Park.
Kiski Area’s Eliza Miller captures 3rd Kiski Invitational title
September 15, 2023
Three is the magic number for Eliza Miller.

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Riverview’s Lily Bauer placed ninth at the Gateway Invitational on Sept. 2, 2023, at Boyce Park.
Riverview cross country program ready to build on success
September 10, 2023
The Riverview boys and girls cross country teams ended last season at the PIAA state meet in Hershey after strong finishes at the WPIAL championships at Cal (Pa.).

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Gateway’s Kefimba Cisse took third at the Gateway Invitational on Sept. 2, 2023, at Boyce Park.
Led by PIAA qualifier Kefimba Cisse, Gateway runners off to strong start
Kefimba Cisse is on a mission for his senior season on the Gateway boys cross country team.

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Riverview’s Christopher Barnes finishes fifth at the Gateway Invitational on Sept. 2, 2023, at Boyce Park.
High expectations remain for Riverview runners
The Riverview boys and girls cross country teams ended last season at the PIAA cross country meet in Hershey after strong finishes at the WPIAL championships at Cal (Pa.).

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Plum’s Gabriel Powell takes second at the Gateway Invitational on Sept. 2, 2023, at Boyce Park.
Gabriel Powell, Aiden Steinagle return to lead Plum runners
When Connor Pivirotto and Nate Mienke, the top runners the last couple of years for the Plum boys cross country team, graduated following the 2022 season, a pair of rising seniors with experience — Gabriel Powell and Aiden Steinagle — were ready to take the reins of the team and lead the way.

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North Allegheny’s Wren Kucler won the Class 3A Red, White & Blue Classic on Saturday.
High school roundup for Sept. 9, 2023: North Allegheny, Montour win Red, White & Blue Classic
September 9, 2023
At the Red, White & Blue Classic at White Oak Park, Grove City’s M.J. Pottinger won the Class 3A boys race with a time of 15 minutes, 21 seconds, while North Allegheny claimed the team title with 93 points.

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Hampton’s Kevyn Fish runs to the finish line in the Class 3A girls race during the 2021 WPIAL cross country championships.
Promising young runners could help keep Hampton girls cross country on top
Hampton girls cross country star Kevyn Fish figured her team might be swimming upstream this season.

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Hampton’s Chris Belch, 17, won the Hampton Firecracker 5K on July 4 with a winning time of 17 minutes, 33 seconds.
Defending WPIAL champion Hampton runners focusing on Hershey
The two-time defending WPIAL Class 2A champion Hampton boys cross country team is aiming to take another step forward.

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                                Members of the Norwin cross country team ran together nearly 40 times during offseason training.
Norwin cross country builds strong team concept during busy summer
With more than 40 running sessions over the summer that often spanned five days a week, Norwin cross country runners developed a flow.

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Fox Chapel’s Rowan Gwin celebrates winning the WPIAL Section 4-3A championship last season.
Fox Chapel cross country standout working back into form
September 2, 2023
Rowan Gwin never discovered what the cause of his hip flexor injury was last spring. Trying to navigate through great pain, Gwin competed in the WPIAL Class 3A track and field championship at Slippery Rock University.

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Gateway graduate Marnie Giunta, the head coach of the Padua Academy girls cross country and track and field teams, is all smiles as she stands with a successful Pandas relay quartet at this past April’s Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
Gateway grad Marnie Giunta named among top coaches in state of Delaware
August 27, 2023
Marnie Giunta is considered one of the top coaches in the history of athletics in the state of Delaware.

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Burrell grad Faith Remich wrapped up her career at W&J with school records in the outdoor 800 meters and the indoor 600 and 1,600 relay.
Faith Remich hits ground running as Burrell’s new cross country coach
July 19, 2023
Faith Remich has come full circle.

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Hampton’s Chris Belch, 17, won the Hampton Firecracker 5K on July 4 with a winning time of 17 minutes, 33 seconds.
Hampton runner sparkles with Firecracker 5K win
July 15, 2023
Hampton’s Chris Belch put on a display on the Fourth of July.

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Fox Chapel’s Rachel Humphrey competes in the 3,200 meter run at the 2008 Tri-State Coaches’ Invitational at West Mifflin.
Hall of Famer’s running career took her from Fox Chapel to Franklin Field
May 13, 2023
Rachel Humphrey’s affection for distance running started thanks to her dad’s interest in the sport. The 2008 Fox Chapel graduate used her abilities in the sport to take her sporting career to the University of Pennsylvania.

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Norwin senior Anna DeFazio
Norwin’s Anna DeFazio to run at St. Francis (Pa.)
January 1, 2023
What were your goals when you were 8 years old?

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Hampton’s Ava Vitiello (left) and Kevyn Fish run side-by-side in the Class 2A girls race during the TSTCA cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, at PennWest California.
Hampton senior Ava Vitiello tracks down D-I scholarship
December 17, 2022
For the longest time, Hampton’s Ava Vitiello believed a Division I scholarship was out of her reach.

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