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Michael Kolor

Michael Kolor

School: Seneca Valley

Year: Junior

Sport: Cross Country

Claim to fame: Kolor finished fifth at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet and 23rd at the PIAA championship meet.

What was it like running at the PIAA meet?

It was a blast. Our girls team made it to the state meet, too, so I got to go down with them and that was fun. The race was unbelievable. It was nice to see all the other schools you don’t normally see. I love the big crowds, too.

Were you happy with where you finished in Hershey?

I am really happy. Coming into the season, I had high expectations. I had to deal with some medical issues, so I just wanted to qualify for states. I raced well at the WPIAL meet, and I knew I could do it. I was really excited.

You were fifth at the WPIAL meet. Did that surprise you?

I was very pleasantly surprised. I had a modest goal; I never thought I would be in the top five. It was really exhilarating.

How much do you think this year will help you prepare for next year?

This year was very helpful. I have learned how to cope with my medical issues I have been dealing with for a long time. Now, in the offseason, I get to really recover. Next year, I will know how to deal with it. I am very optimistic and hope to see high goals for next year.

Mandi Moxie

School: Knoch

Year: Junior

Sport: Cross Country

Claim to fame: Moxie placed fifth at the WPIAL Class AA meet to help her team take the silver medal. She finished 11th at the PIAA meet, as her team finished 11th overall.

How happy were you to earn a medal at the state meet?

I was extremely happy. That’s all I wanted to do. That was a big accomplishment.

How nice was the weather in Hershey?

I think it was fine. It was the first race all season I had to wear long-sleeved shirt. It was a great season with the weather overall. It was perfect running weather for the WPIAL and state meets.

What was it like going to the state meet with your entire team?

It was exciting. We went my freshman year, and that was really exciting. Last year, I felt horrible because the entire team didn’t make it. It’s a lot more fun when you can experience it with the whole team.

How do you hope to build on this for next year?

Our best finisher at the state meet was Jolene Kunkel and she ran a 19:29. I am looking to break that time. That’s my next goal.

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