Talent runs deep on Fox Chapel cross country squad
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Coach Tom Moul has high hopes for the Fox Chapel Area High School cross country team this year based on a wealth of talented runners returning.
Last year, the boys were 8-0 in the section, finished second in the WPIAL and came in 12th at the PIAA team championships.
The girls were 6-2 in section.
“We lost some talent, to be sure, in John Shymanski, Jimmy Humphrey, Travis Eckman, Karthik Narayanan and Katie Meisner, but we have a lot of good experienced runners coming back,” Moul said.
Leading the way for the boys will be seniors Ethan and Colin Martin.
Ethan finished second in the WPIAL and fifth at states while Colin was fifth at the WPIAL and 16th at states.
Juniors Aaron Bliss and Elias Graca also return. They will be joined by juniors Jacob Halasowski, Chris Good, sophomore Brendan Urso and freshman Alec Eckman.
“They have all had very good summers in terms of training,” Moul said. “We are hoping that these guys step up to fill the holes left by our graduated seniors. If we stay healthy, we have a good chance of improving on last season's success.”
The girls team was very young last year at the varsity level.
“We only lost one senior and, again, the key to our success will be staying healthy,” Moul said. “We're healthier now than we were at the end of last season. The girls team is an experienced group and that is a strength.”
Returning runners include juniors Greta Altmeyer and Sonia Appasamy along with sophomore Erin Curry, Angelin Lucas, Maura Whelan and Mary Humphrey.
Senior Isabella Verardi has joined the team this year.
“She has been a member of the tennis team for the past three years, but she was a solid performer in distance events on the track team,” Moul said. “Another plus is that junior Sanders Bennett is healthy this season, so she should be a nice addition to the team. Also, her freshman sister, Harper Bennett, holds the 1600 record at the middle school, so we're looking for her to contribute as well.”
On the boys side, Moul expects the top competition to come from Kiski Area.
“Both Colin and Ethan have had great competitions with Brent Kennedy, one of the top runners in the state,” Moul said. “Also, Central Catholic is always a team to be reckoned with. The girls toughest competition will come from Kiski Area and Oakland Catholic.”
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- New Castle-area racino remains in limbo
- Pirates’ outfield may have few defensive peers
- NFL coaches weigh in on Polamalu’s legacy
- Westmoreland County Transit Authority to buy 12 minibuses
- Carnegie Mellon University’s Speck device monitors indoor pollution
- 17 Pennsylvania veterans inducted into Hall of Valor
- Players, casinos pan IRS idea to track more slot payouts
- Germanwings flight co-pilot Lubitz worried about job security, officials say
- ATV rider injured in Stewaert Twp. mishap
- Shortfalls sabotage promise of union retirees’ pensions
- U.N. Watch: The Gaza follies