Mt. Lebanon’s Anderson named state’s top cross country runner by Gatorade

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Friday, February 15, 2019 | 3:15 PM


Mt. Lebanon runner Patrick Anderson, who won WPIAL and PIAA titles in the fall, was named this week as the state’s Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

The 5-foot-8, 150-pound junior also placed sixth at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional in Bronx, N.Y., and finished 29th at the national Foot Locker championship Dec. 8 in San Diego.

The award was announced Monday.

“I’ve been coaching for 53 years and Patrick Anderson is the best all-around kid that I’ve had,” Mt. Lebanon coach Mike Agostinella said. “We knew that he was going to be pretty good this year, and he ended up having a great season. He’s a very, very aggressive runner and he’s really developed a lot of confidence.”

Anderson is the first WPIAL athlete to win the boys award since North Hills’ Zach Hedba in 2010-11 .

Marlee Starliper of Northern High School in Dillsburg was named as the state’s top girls runner.

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