Alle-Kiski Spotlight Athletes: Knoch's Brandon Grumski, Highlands' Kyla Kelley
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Sport: Cross country
Report card: Grumski qualified for the PIAA championships following his fifth-place finish at the WPIAL Class AA championships. He bettered last year's finish by 14 spots.
What did you do differently this year that enabled you to move up so many spots from last year?
I had a lot more training. It was also experience. I had a lot of motivation to do better. You just want to keep getting better.
What were your goals for this season? Where are you in realizing those goals?
My goal was to place around top-five in the WPIAL and make it to states. I also want to medal at states. That's going to be a challenge, but I still want to do it. My goal has almost been completed so far. I just have one more.
What kind of routine do you have before a race?
I try to relax as much as I can. I warm up and stretch. We do a sprint then we do our chant.
What is your main focus while you're in the middle of an event?
In the middle of a race, I try to not let any people pass me. I try to pass as many kids as I can.
What does your training regimen consist of?
In the offseason I try to get four days of running. I also play a different sport to kind of get a break from that. I play ice hockey. This is the first year I'm going to try diving. When track season comes around, I do that.
Sport: Cross country
Report card: Kelley is the second girl in Highlands girls cross country history to make the PIAA championship. She qualified with a 23rd-place finish in the WPIAL Class AA championships. She also is a starting midfielder on the girls soccer team. She had three goals this season.
Soccer and cross country are two sports in the same season. How did you balance the time to give to both sports?
I split time between practices, and whenever I had a soccer game I would go to just the game and not run cross country. When I had a meet, I would skip soccer, but most of the meets were on Saturdays.
What gets you through a run since you're not able to listen to music during a meet?
I'd say having people in front of me bothers me so its just motivation to keep on going.
How does running cross country help with playing soccer and vice versa?
Running cross country helps me get endurance for how much running I have to do on the soccer field. Conditioning work for soccer helped out with cross country. It's the best of both worlds.
Do you plan on playing a third sport later this year?
I'll do track. I want to do long jump and some distance events.
— D.J. Vasil
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.
- Pa. Treasurer McCord resigns without explanation, to leave Feb. 12
- Starkey: What are Penguins, Pirates up to?
- Pitt’s 2015 schedule includes 5 road games in 1st 7 games
- Wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and snow bearing down on Pittsburgh area
- Beaver County man arrested in 24-year-old Clinton County cold case
- BNY Mellon is putting iconic Citizens Bank Tower up for sale
- Beer spills onto Route 22 when delivery truck collides with coal truck
- Capitals dominate overmatched Penguins in win at Verizon Center
- Police stop car in Beltzhoover, find body in back seat
- Audit cautions officials about lax cash-handling policies at Schenley Park skating rink
- Lapierre eager to make mark with Penguins