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High School Cross Country Team Has High Hopes for WPIAL Championship

With the WPIAL Championships just around the corner, the 18 members of the high school cross country team are putting in some serious work, running five days a week and logging up to 20 miles per week. And all that hard work has already started to pay off.

Last year, Ally Spohn, now a senior, and Luke Stellabotte, also a current senior, set school records in their first season. And with a year of experience under their belt, the team is continually improving. Junior Faith Remich has already overtaken the girl’s record with a time of 23:48, and freshman Tanner Spohn is quickly closing in on the boys’ record, coming in only 35 seconds short, with a time of 19:40. In fact, 11 runners have already set new personal records this year.

So far, the girls are 3-2, and the boys are 1-3, and there are just two more dual section meets and two non-conference meets to go before the team will compete in the WPIAL Championships in Slippery Rock on October 27.

But there’s no end in sight for the team’s progress and ambition. Not only do they hope to do well against their competition, but the team also aims to set new personal records at the WPIAL championships.

“We continue to train hard and train smart,” says coach Chris Legters. “But it’s not all hard work,” he adds, “as we have a lot of fun together, too.”

One of the team’s favorite fun activities is to go to Subway after their meets, and Coach Legters even buys sandwiches for team members with new personal records!

If there is one hurdle that the team needs to jump together, though, it’s the fact that many of the cross country runners are also involved in soccer, band, show choir, tennis, and baseball. But Coach Legters is impressed at how well the kids are able to manage their time and workout schedules to continually grow and improve as a team.

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