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Pacers three-peat and Minutolo, Cranganu, Birchard and Weinmann perfect

PITTSBURGH — The Pacer Track Club earned its third consecutive Youth Cross Country Challenge (YXCC) club crown after the TRA XC Championships on November 3rd. Through the entire series, the club brought the largest contingent of athletes to secure crucial club participation points while earning several 1st place team finishes among the various age divisions. The team’s 2018 series score was 6335 and six of the 12 individual champions donned the team jersey.

The Pacers will receive the $500 gift card, team plaque and commemorative cooler bags for all participating athletes and club coaches.

Top 5 Team Scores

Place Club Name

Grand Total

1 Pacer 6335
2 Get Fit Families 3115
3 Penn Hills Eagle 2200
4 River City Elite 2140
5 Mt Top 2020


The 2018 version on the Youth Cross Country saw new and repeat champions lead by Marcelle Minutolo, Sam Cranganu, Lenna Birchard, and Renz Weinmann who earned perfect scores this season. Birchard and Weinmann also won the individual crowns in previous years; 2017 and 2016 respectively.

Other repeat winners include Jenna Lang, Lydia Rhodes, Cooper Timberman, and Holden Eagle.

2018 Individual YXCC Winners 

First Last Age Group Gender Score


Marcelle Minutolo 8 & Under Girls 1450 River City Elite
Sam Cranganu 8 & Under Boys 1450 Pacer Track
Lenna Birchard * 9-10 Girls 1450 Penn Hills Eagles
Collin Rosenberg 9-10 Boys 1408 Pacer Track
Jenna Lang * 11-12 Girls 1436 Pacer Track
Renz Weinmann * 11-12 Boys 1450 Pacer Track
Lydia Rhodes * 13-14 Girls 1220 Pacer Track
Cooper Timberman * 13-14 Boys 1000 Pacer Track
Abigail Walwro 15-16 Girls 600 Mountain Top Track & Field
Holden Eagle * 15-16 Boys 635 River City Elite
Quinn McElhenny 17-18 Girls 600 Mountain Top Track & Field
Benjamin Wechtenhiser 17-18 Boys 600 Mountain Top Track & Field

* Previous Winners

TRA would like to congratulate all the Individual Age Group Championships, Team Award winners and Challenge participants. A special thank you to all the coaches, club administrators and officials who made the 4th year of the Youth Cross Country Challenge a success.

Prizes will begin shipping the first week of December.