2013-11-21 / Sports

Former SF Cross-Country Runner Qualifies For Nationals


SPECIAL TO THE NEWS SPECIAL TO THE NEWS California University of Pennsylvania junior Alex Zanella of Everett recently qualified for the NCAA National Championships as a member of the university’s women’s cross- country team, which recorded its best-ever finish at the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships.

The Vulcans placed sixth in team standings with 192 points at the regional event, which featured runners from nearly 30 schools. Cal U finished 13th at the race last season, which tied the previous program-best finish set in 2009. Edinboro captured its first regional title since 20007 with a score of 81 points, while Mansfield finished second with 89 points and IUP ranked third with 122 points.

Zanella finished fourth overal with a time of 20 minutes, 56.9 seconds to become the first women’s cross-country runner in program history to qualify for the NCAA National Championships. She finished only 11 seconds behind the individual champion after placing 27th overall two weeks ago at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships. Zanella has been the team’s top runner in four races this season, winning her first career individual title in the season- opening race.

Zanella will represent the Vulcans at the NCAA National Championships in Spokane, Wash., on November 23.

While previously attending high school in Everett, Zanella was able to participate with the Southern Fulton High School cross-country team through a cooperative sports agreement. the $10,000 payday over Logan Schuchart, Lance Dewease, Blane Heimbach and Greg Hodnett.

Josh Beard led all 20 laps of the 358 Sprint car main at SSP for the $2,000 win over Austin Hogue, Brad McClelland, Tyler Ross and Dale Hammaker.

Now all race teams will switch their focus to getting ready for 2014 during the off season with many Sprint and Late Model teams getting ready for action down south in Georgia and Florida beginning in late January.

We’re going to take some time off now, and we’ll return after the new year. So, I’d like to wish each and everyone of you a very Happy Holiday season.

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