Trottier ends varsity career at PIAA meet
Brett Trottier closed out his varsity cross country career Saturday at the PIAA championships, and he realized his goal of running at the state’s biggest event.
The Franklin Regional senior took to the 3.1-mile course for the boys Class AAA race at the Hershey Giant Center Complex with 239 other runners, and he battled through cold and windy conditions to place 100th overall.
Trottier punched his ticket to states with a medal-winning 16th-place performance at WPIALs one week earlier.
At WPIALs, he ran to a time of 16:57 in sunny, cool and breezy conditions.
On Saturday, the field had to run through temperatures 15 to 20 degrees colder and against a headwind that toyed with some of the runners.
Trottier finished his run at states in a time of 17:10, and he made up ground throughout the race.
He found himself in 133rd position after the first mile run in a time of 5:08. The first third features a flatter track with a downhill portion, as well.
There were 50 runners that ran the first mile in a time between 5:07 and 5:11, so large portions of the field had yet to space themselves out.
Trottier reduced his position 15 places to 118th after the second mile and checked in with a time of 10:45 for a 5:22 pace.
With more hills in the second and third miles, Trottier again made a move to the finish line. He passed 18 more runners down the stretch to reach 100th overall.
The top 72 runners in the boys AAA race finished with times below 17 minutes.
Trottier was the 19th WPIAL runner to cross the finish line.
The WPIAL’s top three runners — North Allegheny seniors Matt McGoey and Hunter Wharrey and Plum junior Jake Susalla — finished fourth, eighth and 17th, respectively.
Jake Brophy, a junior from Central Bucks East in District 1, captured the individual title in boys AAA with a time of 15:24.
The top eight this year had times below 16 minutes, as compared to only two runners for boys AAA last year.
North Allegheny won the team title. In addition to having two runners in the top eight, it also placed runners in 15th, 21st and 28th for a team score of 72 points, 47 points ahead of District 1’s Conestoga for the top spot.�
Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at [email protected].