St. Marys Area High School sophomore Adair Gennocro and Elk County Catholic High School freshman Kennedy Weisner were named to the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association (PTFCA) all-state cross country second team.
Gennocro, who won the District 9-AA individual championship, placed third third overall at the PIAA meet held Nov. 6. During the 2010 season, she also set four course records at the St. Marys Area, District 9, Brookville and Punxsutawney courses.
â€śTo gain this accomplishment, Adair went undefeated in dual meets, set four course records, was ranked National Elite in five certified meets, was District 9-AA champ and was third at the AA state meet,â€ť said St. Marys coach Stan Foster.
Weisner, who placed second at District 9 and second in the PIAA meet, had been flirting with course records all season.
â€śTo be named to the all-state team is quite an honor and to have two girls in town be named is wonderful,â€ť said ECCHS coach Wee J. Fernan.
â€śWe are proud of Kennedy and congratulate Adair. The honor is fitting for both runners, as they both had wonderful seasons. We canâ€™t speak for all of Adairâ€™s accomplishments, but Kennedy broke our Benzinger Park course record the first time she ran the course this fall and she posted the fastest times of any ECC runner at all of the meets we compete at regularly, often flirting with course records. I know both girls are avid athletes and work hard year-round to ensure their success. It is always nice to see hard work being recognized,â€ť said Fernan.
The PTFCA all-state teams are as follows:
Athlete of the year: Angel Piccirillo of Homer Center; coach of the year: William Squier of Elk Lake.
First team: Janie Augustyn of West Chester Henderson, Elizabeth Chikotas of Saucon Valley, Hannah Grossman of Strath Haven, Victoria Gerlach of Pennridge, Katie Kinkead of Central Bucks East, Margo Malone of North Hills, Meghan McGovern of North Penn, Angel Piccirillo of Homer Center, Lindsay Rheiner of Council Rock North, Sara Saregent of Pennsbury and Paige Stoner of Pottsville.
Second team: Leigha Anderson of Cumberland Valley, Adair Gennocro of St. Marys, Jenny Guidera of Central Bucks East, Kelsey Ibarra of Central York, Tessa Mundell of Governor Mifflin, Maggie Lawrence of Wilson (3), Angelica Peck of Blackhawk, Catie Skinner of Penn Charter and Kennedy Weisner of Elk County Catholic.
For more on this story see the Nov. 23 edition of The Daily Press.