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Shady Side Academy runners celebrate successful season

The Shady Side Academy girls cross country had quite a successful campaign this past season, and coach Sue Whitney is setting the bar higher for next year.

“It was a tremendously successful season,” she said.

The Indians, led by seniors Elizabeth Ejzak, Angie Kim, AineMarie Policarto, Yasmine Islam, Sarah Small, Michelle Wolf, Alia Yossef and Ashley McIlroy, went undefeated in section matches as they posted an 8-0 mark. They also captured their first section title since 2009 and finished fourth at the WPIAL championships, narrowly missing a team trip to the PIAA meet.

“For us, the icing on the cake came from the outstanding performances of sophomore Lindsey Stauber and freshman Jeanne Lauer at states,” the coach said. “Lindsey finished 188th and Jeanne was 44th. It proved that we certainly have some outstanding young runners. Our fab five freshmen — Jeanne, Carolyn Woll, Megan McInerney, Jennifer Jaffe and Lucia Santos Huertas — will return stronger.”

The returning runners will include juniors Riya Gohel, Sydney Jones, Emily Natoli, Gabby Pollock, Alisa Pugacheva, Felicia Reuter, Anna Trefelner and Corinne Thompson.

“This team has an even brighter future ahead in cross country,” Whitney said. “Perhaps the most pleasant surprise this season was the number of new runners, particularly the freshmen, all of whom earned a varsity letter. That was a first for our program.

“We’re hoping for a top three finish at WPIALs in 2015 and to have company for Lindsey and Jeanne at states.”

Marty Stewart is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-782-2123 or [email protected].

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