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Lang perfect and Pacer Track Club dominates in 2016 Youth Cross Country Challenge


PITTSBURGH –  Jenna Lang put up a perfect score for the 2016 Youth Cross Country Challenge. She won each of the 7 races for the 9-10 girls age division and played an integral role team scoring for the Pacers. Lang was one of the 212 TRA youth members who participated in the Challenge which began in late September and ended with the TRA Cross Country Championships on  Sunday, November 13th .

The Youth Cross Country Challenge is in its second year and saw over a 16% increase in participation from its inaugural season. The program is helping the Association meet its goal to improve the cross country program and introduce more youth athletes to the benefits of long distance running. 18 athletes took advantage of this opportunity and ran in all 6 developmental meets.

After 8 weeks of competing, the 2016 Youth Cross Country Challenge Individual Age Group Champions are:

Name Club Name Age Group Total Points
Amina Robinson Penn Hills Eagles 8 & Under Girls 1424
Franklin Lythogoe Pacers 8 & Under Boys 1347
Jenna Lang Pacers 9-10 Girls 1550
Renz Weinman Pacers 9-10 Boys 1529
Lydia Rhodes Pacers 11-12 Girls 1406
Jermaine Taylor Penn Hills Eagles 11-12 Boys 1096
Emily Carter Pacers 13-14 Girl 1477
Holden Eagle River City 13-14 Boys 971
Jenna Moorehead Get Fit Families 15-16 Girls 910
Duncan Lambie Mountain Top 15-16 Boys 600
Haden Boutiller Mountain Top 17-18 Men 600

Complete Individual Standings

The Pacer Track Club earned a first place club finish and dominated the team and club scoring for the entire season. They earned 7935 points which is more than double their 2015 score that was good for 2nd place. The Pacers had over 60 different athletes participate in the challenge for the 8 weeks of competition.  The deep roster produced high participation/club points and guaranteed scoring teams in most of the age divisions.

2016 Top 3 Teams:

Place Club Name Total Points
1 Pacer Track Club 7935
2 Penn Hills Eagles 4985
3 Get Fit Families 3045

Complete Team Standings

Each of the age group winners will receive a championship t-shirt, medal and spike bag. Top 3 teams will receive spike bags for all participating athletes and a team plaque.

A breakdown on prizes can be found here:

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 2nd year of the Youth Cross Country Challenge a Success.

Prizes will begin shipping the first week of December.


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