Greensburg Salem runner takes 8th at state meet
Greensburg Salem’s Riley Kwiatowski claimed a top-10 finish at the PIAA Class AA championship meet at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey on Saturday, placing eighth out of 210 participants.
“She’s very talented, and this year specifically she has become much more confident in her ability,” Greensburg Salem cross country coach Nathan Snider said. “She stepped up her training. We moved her to work with the boys during workouts, it seems to be paying off.”
Kwiatowski, a sophomore, finished in 19 minutes, 24 seconds at the state meet, shaving 30 seconds off her finish at the same course in her freshman season.
After a second-place finish at the WPIAL Class AA championship earlier in October and her state performance, Kwiatowski has already set her sights on accomplishing another goal: running at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in New York City on Nov. 29.
“I knew I would be on the edge of the top 10 this season, but I was confident that I could get in there,” said Kwiatowski, who hopes to run cross country at the collegiate level. “I’m getting more confident, and I’m really excited to go to the Foot Locker event and maybe run in front of coaches.”
Snider thinks his girls team’s ace runner has the talent to hang with the elite competition.
“It should be an experience,” Snider said. “We can see how she does and hopefully go back next year and her senior year if she can progress on that as well.”
Hempfield senior Morgan Ansell also found success at the state meet. Ansell claimed 48th place in a Class AAA field of 225 runners with a time of 19:39.
Ansell, who finished 11th at the WPIAL event, improved on her time at Parkview from last season by 41 seconds. The senior qualified for states in each of her four seasons running for the Spartans.
The Greensburg Central Catholic boys finished 11th at the Class A state meet with a score of 253.
Senior Vince Mirigliano, who placed 35th with a time of 18:00, and senior Philip Forsyth, who placed 42nd with a time of 18:09, paced the team. Senior Matt Osche (55th place), junior Jon Frye (56th place) and freshman Aiden Brewer (65th) also scored for the Centurions.
Kevin Lohman is a freelance writer.