Cross Country

Members of the Hampton girls cross country team, from left, Kendall Solkovy, Ava Vitiello, Ciara Evans and Lydia Bailey, compete at Hartwood Acres during the 2020 season.
Hampton girls cross country ‘moving in the right direction’
October 3, 2020
The Hampton girls cross county team has hit the ground running.

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Hampton’s Jackson McGrath (left) and Aidan Sawyer (right) compete at Hartwood Acres during the 2020 season.
Hampton cross country team finds its stride in Class AA
Talk about a kick to the shins.

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Pine-Richland’s Natalie McLean (right) and Meredith Price run during a meet last year.
Pine-Richland cross country driven by team accolades
September 26, 2020
There’s a cure for the bittersweet emotions Pine-Richland felt last November at the PIAA cross country championships.

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Norwin’s Alex Jubert competes during the 2020 season.
Norwin runners benefit from strength-in-numbers mentality
Norwin cross country isn’t always about crossing the finish line first. Or last, for that matter.

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Kiski Area High School students, Eliza Miller, Jordan Fairman, and Lizeth Sesmas, run during a cross country practice on Sept. 4, 2020.
WPIAL chooses alternate site for cross country championships
September 21, 2020
Cross country runners who competed last week in the Red, White and Blue Classic got an early look at the WPIAL championship course.

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Gateway runners stay dedicated to lowering times throughout season
September 20, 2020
While the PIAA and WPIAL wrangled with the decision to maintain the fall sports seasons or postpone them to 2021, the Gateway boys and girls cross country teams kept churning out miles to be ready to go when called upon.

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Shaler’s Ryan Paris competes during the 2020 cross country season.
Paszkowski, Paris lead Shaler cross country team into promising season
Running at North Park and the river trails in Millvale helped Tyler Paszkowski and Ryan Paris pass a lot of time during quarantine.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran crosses the finish line to win the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
Butler’s Singleton, Moon’s Cochran among winners at Red, White and Blue Classic
September 19, 2020
Butler’s C.J. Singleton recorded the fastest time of all runners who competed in the 18th annual Red, White and Blue Classic at White Oak Park in White Oak on Saturday afternoon.

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Members of the Fox Chapel boys and girls cross country teams break out from the start of their time trial at the Gingerbread Man Kiski Cavalier Invitational on Sept. 18, 2020, at Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township.
Indiana’s Beckwith, Kiski Area’s Miller claim titles at unique Kiski Cavalier Invitational
September 18, 2020
Cool and breezy morning weather gave way to comfortable afternoon temperatures as some of the WPIAL’s top runners kicked off their fall seasons Friday at the Gingerbread Man Kiski Cavalier Invitational at Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township.

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Moon’s Mia Cochran crosses the finish line to win the girls WPIAL Class AAA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at Cal (Pa.).
Red, White and Blue Classic cross country meet has new home
September 17, 2020
The Red, White and Blue Classic, an annual cross country meet that is typically run in early September at the Schenley Park Oval, has a new home for 2020.

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Riverview’s Mason Ochs runs to a first-place finish Sept. 24 during a meet against Knoch in Saxonburg.
Riverview runners chasing WPIAL, PIAA gold
September 10, 2020
When Mason Ochs broke the tape at the finish line at last year’s WPIAL Class A cross country championships at Cal (Pa.), he realized his dream of becoming a WPIAL champion.

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Kiski Area High School students, Jordan Fairman, Eliza Miller, and Lizeth Sesmas, run during a cross country practice on Sept. 4, 2020.
Cross country coaches make tweaks to run meets, generate ‘enthusiasm, optimism’
September 5, 2020
With the hope of having a fall high school season and understanding meets most likely would take a form unlike any before, cross country coaches throughout the WPIAL collaborated with each other and others from across the country to develop ideas as well as generate enthusiasm and optimism.

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Bethel Park’s Emily Carter gets a hug from an opponent at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association meet Oct. 17, 2019, at Cal (Pa.).
Bethel Park’s Emily Carter commits to run at Oklahoma State
August 14, 2020
Emily Carter is heading west to continue her cross country and track and field pursuits.

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Central Catholic’s Matt Altsman celebrates with the student section after beating Pine-Richland in the WPIAL Class 6A Championship game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2019 at Heinz Field.
PIAA emphasizes ban on spectators comes from Gov. Wolf — not PIAA
July 30, 2020
The PIAA released a statement Thursday emphasizing that the current ban on spectators at high school sports events was imposed by Gov. Tom Wolf — not the PIAA.

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Butler’s Annessa Schnur vs. South Park’s MAura Huwalt
Trib HSSN May Madness: Annessa Schnur, Butler vs. Maura Huwalt, South Park
May 18, 2020
Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who you fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Hopewell’s Christa Harmotto vs. Shaler’s Brianna Schwartz
Trib HSSN May Madness: Christa Harmotto, Hopewell vs. Brianna Schwartz, Shaler
May 13, 2020
Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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North Allegheny’s Stephanie Madia vs. Quaker Valley’s Tabitha Bemis
Trib HSSN May Madness: Stephanie Madia, North Allegheny vs. Tabitha Bemis, Quaker Valley
May 11, 2020
Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who you fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Latrobe’s Natalie Bower vs. South Park’s Nikki Doria
Trib HSSN May Madness: Natalie Bower, Latrobe vs. Nikki Doria, South Park
May 8, 2020
Over the course of the next month and a half, May Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Knoch’s Sammy Jo Barnes (right) runs at the front of the pack during the WPIAL Class AA championship race Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at California University.
WPIAL approves site, schedule change for cross country championships
February 17, 2020
The WPIAL cross country championships will return to Cal (Pa.) next fall with an overhaul to the race schedule.

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Quaker Valley senior Annie Wicker signs her letter of intent to William & Mary for track. She was joined by her parents, Doug and Carolyn Wicker.
Quaker Valley’s Annie Wicker to run for William & Mary
December 20, 2019
A lead from a Quaker Valley alum convinced senior Annie Wicker to sign a letter of intent to compete for the William &Mary women’s cross country and track and field teams next season.

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