Cross Country

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                                “It was really surreal crossing the finish line. I was really tired afterwards, but after it all set in, it was an amazing feeling,” Pine-Richland’s Natalie McLean said.
Pine-Richland’s Natalie McLean follows PIAA title with Georgetown commitment
November 20, 2022
A few weeks ago Natalie McLean realized a dream that was four years in the making and made Pine-Richland history.

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Shady Side Academy’s Chelsea Hartman crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Class A girls cross country championship Oct. 27.
Chelsea Hartman sets pace for Shady Side Academy cross country team’s special season
November 19, 2022
If you’re a cross country athlete, the last thing you need are stress fractures in your feet and shin splints.

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Greensburg Salem’s Aaron Tressler finishes fourth in the boys WCCA cross country championships Oct. 12 at Westmoreland County Community College.
Westmoreland County Senior Spotlight: Greensburg Salem’s Aaron Tressler
November 14, 2022
When the WPIAL Class 2A cross country championships began Oct. 27 at Cal (Pa.), 231 boys from across the district were in the field.

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Freeport cross country coach Missy (Baustert) Schaeffer was inducted into the Carnegie Mellon Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2021.
Freeport cross country coach Melissa Schaeffer inducted into Carnegie Mellon Hall of Fame
Melissa Schaeffer had to wait a year to be officially inducted into Carnegie Mellon’s sports Hall of Fame, but it was well worth it.

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Gateway’s Kefimba Cisse takes second in the in the Section 4-3A championships Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2022, at Northmoreland Park.
Gateway’s Kefimba Cisse strong cross country season comes to close at PIAA meet
November 13, 2022
Kefimba Cisse began his cross country season by winning the Gateway Invitational in early September at Boyce Park.

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Penn Hills runner shows progress with showing at WPIAL cross country meet
Lee Zelkowitz could see that Sawyer Kinney’s performance was climbing in the weeks leading up to the WPIAL Class 3A cross country championships. The Penn Hills junior had made major progress this season and seemed to be figuring things out.

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Riverview’s Amberson Bauer runs at the Gateway Invitational at Boyce Park on Sept. 3, 2022.
Riverview runners finish 5th at PIAA championships
The WPIAL represented itself well in the PIAA Class A boys cross country championship meet in Hershey on Nov. 5.

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Hampton’s Jacob Bonnar races Quaker Valley’s Matthew Otto to the finish line in the Class 2A boys race during the TSTCA cross country championships Oct. 20 at Cal (Pa.).
Back-to-back WPIAL cross country titles put Hampton in elite company
November 12, 2022
Hampton’s boys cross country team is working on mini-­dynasty status.

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Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo, shown winning the WPIAL Class 2A cross country championship race earlier this season, won the state title Saturday.
Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo, Pine-Richland’s Natalie McLean win PIAA cross country gold
November 5, 2022
Brownsville senior Jolena Quarzo can scratch winning a PIAA cross country title off her bucket list.

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North Allegheny’s Jackson Pajak finishes the WPIAL Class 3A cross country championship race on Oct. 27.
New cast of characters earns more championship gold for North Allegheny cross country
North Allegheny swept the big-school WPIAL cross country team titles this fall for the fifth year in a row, adding two more banners to a long list of league championships.

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Fox Chapel’s Rowan Gwin (left) and Ethan Vaughan run to the finish line during the Class 3A boys race at the TSTCA cross country championships on Oct. 20 at Cal (Pa.).
Young roster provides plenty of highlights for Fox Chapel cross country team
It wasn’t quite the finish Fox Chapel was hoping for, but cross country coach Tom Moul had plenty of positive takeaways from the recent WPIAL finals.

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Apollo-Ridge sophomore Gabe Kavulic placed 13th in the Class A boys race at the WPIAL cross country championships Oct. 27, 2022, at Cal (Pa.)
Apollo-Ridge’s Gabe Kavulic will cap 1st foray into cross country at PIAA championships
November 4, 2022
Gabe Kavulic didn’t run cross country last year as a freshman.

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Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Class 2A girls cross country championship race on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at Cal.
Brownsville’s Jolena Quarzo joins elite company as 3-time WPIAL cross country champ
October 27, 2022
Brownsville senior Jolena Quarzo became the 12th girl to win three WPIAL cross country titles when she won the Class 2A race Thursday at Roadman Park at Cal (Pa.).

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Butler’s Drew Griffith crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Class 3A boys cross country championship race on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at Cal.
Drew Griffith takes baton from Butler teammate, wins WPIAL cross country crown
Last year, Drew Griffith helped make it a Butler 1-2 finish at the WPIAL Class 3A boys cross country championships at Cal (Pa.).

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Riverview’s Amberson Bauer passes Winchester Thurston’s Eli DeSimone at the finish line during the WPIAL Class A cross country championship Thursday at Cal (Pa.).
Riverview boys, girls earn top 3 finishes, PIAA berths at WPIAL cross country meet
For the first time since 2018, both the Riverview boys and girls cross country teams will run at the PIAA meet in Hershey after they each claimed third place in their Class A races at the WPIAL championships Thursday on the Roadman Park course at Cal (Pa.).

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Belle Vernon’s Luke Henderson finishes in 8th place during the WPIAL Class 2A cross country championship race on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, at Cal.
Belle Vernon has historic day at WPIAL cross country championships
It was an historic day for the Belle Vernon cross country team Thursday at the WPIAL championships.

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Riverview’s Amberson Bauer runs at the Gateway Invitational at Boyce Park on Sept. 3, 2022.
Riverview boys try to defend their WPIAL Class A cross country title
October 26, 2022
The Riverview boys cross country team struck WPIAL gold last year as it won the Class A crown after five straight runner-up finishes to Winchester Thurston.

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Ringgold’s Ryan Pajak crosses the finish line to win the Class 2A boys race during the 2021 WPIAL cross country championships.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Oct. 26, 2022: Cross country gold up for grabs
While the WPIAL playoff continue in soccer, volleyball and field hockey, there is gold to be won in them there hills on Thursday.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Logan St. John Kletter wins the Class 3A girls race during the TSCA cross country championships on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, at PennWest California.
Trio of runners aim to defend titles at WPIAL cross country championships
The WPIAL cross country championships will be held Thursday at Cal (Pa.)’s Roadman Park.

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Thomas Jefferson’s girls cross country team took first place at the 2022 Big South Conference race held at Mingo Creek Park in Monongahela.
Thomas Jefferson cross country teams run to breakout season
October 23, 2022
The Thomas Jefferson girls cross country team claimed the Big South Conference championship this season in a close race with Ringgold.

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