High School cross country: Senior wins Schenley race

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Before the spring, Fox Chapel's Colin Martin had never beaten his twin brother, Ethan, or Kiski Area's Brent Kennedy in a race.

He beat Kennedy in track season, and then Saturday, he beat Kennedy again and finally surpassed Ethan.

Colin Martin, a senior, took control from the start and pulled away from a strong field to win the 11th annual Red, White & Blue Classic at Schenley Park with a time of 15:18.

"Ethan isn't going to be happy about this, and I know Brent isn't either," said Colin Martin, who finished 16th in the PIAA Class AAA cross country championships in 2012. "They're both great competitors, so I can't let my guard down the rest of the season.

A senior, Kennedy (15:25), the defending Red, White & Blue champion and 2012 PIAA Class AAA runner-up, finished second.

Ethan Martin, who placed fifth at the state cross county meet and won the 3,200-meter race at the PIAA track and field championships, finished third with a time of 15:35.

"I think what was stopping me from beating [Brent] and my brother all that time was the mental barrier," Colin Martin said. "They had beaten me all the time, so I thought if I was in front of them I'd probably done something wrong, like going too fast.

"Finally breaking that mental barrier and deciding that I can run with the best and beat the best, I think that's the difference."

After the Martins and Kennedy, five consecutive North Allegheny runners crossed the line to help the eight-time defending WPIAL champion Tigers take the team championship. Mt. Lebanon finished second and Fox Chapel took third.

In the girls competition, Mt. Lebanon sophomore Kelsey Potts (17:47) held off Vincentian freshman Marianne Abdalah (17:49) to take the title.

Potts and Abdalah ran the two fastest girls times in the event's history.

Potts helped the Blue Devils win the girls team competition, as she was one of three Mt. Lebanon runners to finish in the top 10, along with Jillian Hunberger and Audrey Gordon.

Morgantown, the event's defending champion, finished second and North Allegheny came in third.



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