Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Latrobe's Kevin Augustine, Franklin Regional's Bria McMahon
Sport: Cross country
Claim to fame: Augustine finished fifth in 17 minutes, 17.1 seconds at the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association meet Thursday. Augustine finished in 14th place in 17:15.90, at the Central Catholic Invitational on Oct. 5.
“He just seems to be getting stronger and stronger as well as more focused. Earlier on in his career, he would raced out to the big dogs and be left in the dust,” coach Todd Simpson said. “Now, he's hanging with them the whole time. You know if Kevin didn't win, the other kid had to work pretty hard to get it.”
What are your college plans for next year?
I plan on running. I don't know where I'm going to go yet. As of right now, my top choice is Robert Morris. I'm also thinking about Slippery Rock, California (Pa.), Waynesburg and St. Vincent. Robert Morris is my top choice because I plan on going into business and they have a strong business program there.
What do you think about on the course?
I'm always thinking that I know the next the person won't be that far behind. So I make sure they won't pass me up at the end.
What do you listen to prior to a race?
I usually just listen to some rap. I like listening to 2 Chainz or Big Sean.
How did you get yourself involved in cross country?
At first, I started to run to stay in shape. I realized I really liked it, and I decided to take it up as a sport. You fall in love with the sport when you start getting into it.
If you had any superpower, which one would it be?
I would probably say the ability to fly. It's a lot easier than running.
School: Franklin Regional
Sport: Cross country
Claim to fame: McMahon won the Westmoreland County Coaches' Association meet Thursday with a time of 18:56.6. She also finished first at the Gateway Invitational in late August (20:38), as well as setting the course record at the AJ Everhart Invitational (18:56) in late September.
“I think I've done pretty well. It's good to see the hard work that I have put in during the season and during the offseason is paying off,” McMahon said.
What made you decide to give up playing soccer?
All my friends in track and cross country as well as the coaches were telling me to give cross country a chance. I was thinking about it during the track season last year, and during the offseason I decided to make the switch.
What aspects of cross country do like more than soccer?
In soccer, I would always play the outside wing and would run all the time back and forth. I started thinking to myself, if I'm going to run this much I might as well do cross country. I like the feeling cross country gives you. I like racing people as well.
Who is your role model and why?
My parents are very good role models because they taught me everything I know in life. Also, my coaches, especially coach Jim Passarelli, are good role models because they are very good runners.
What do you like to do during your free time?
Well I like to paint beaches. I also like to play Frisbee and to bike.
What was your favorite thing to do when you were younger?
When I was younger, I liked to go to amusements parks.
— Andrew John