PG Athletes of the Week: Kelsey Potts, Tyler Perone

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Kelsey Potts, Mt. Lebanon

Last week: Potts, a sophomore, set the girls' meet record at the 11th annual Red, White & Blue Classic Saturday at Schenley Park. She finished the 5,000-meter race in 17 minutes, 47 seconds, beating Vincentian freshman Marianne Abdalah by two seconds.

Check this out: Potts crushed her personal-best time at the meet, beating her old PR by more than a minute. She began running in seventh grade and spent her freshman year adapting to the high school distance. This year, with more experience, she said her times have been getting better and better.

Take me through your race. I just wanted to get out in front. Once we went down onto the trail, I was leading and Marianne was next to me. We were next to each other the whole race until we got back to the oval. I sprinted ahead of her at the end.

What was the finish like? She was really close behind me, so that was probably the hardest I ever pushed at the end of the race.

How did you get into running? Were your parents or siblings runners? Both of my parents ran. My dad ran cross country at Duquesne and my mom was a sprinter in high school.

Do you run track too? What event? Yeah, I mostly focus on the mile and the two-mile.

A lot of people don't get what is so enticing about running for an extended period of time. What do you enjoy most about it? I really enjoy running with my friends on the team. When I'm running by myself, it's kind of boring, but when you're with your friends, you can talk the whole time.

What's your pre-race ritual? I just like to eat a Cliff bar two hours before a race.

How about after a race? Our team is happy and we go out to dinner or have a bonfire after.

Favorite food? Pasta.

Favorite movie? The Little Rascals.

Tyler Perone, Seton-LaSalle

Last week: Perone completed 21 of 22 passes for 354 yards and six touchdowns in Seton-LaSalle's 41-16 win against McGuffey.

Check this out: Perone, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior, is the latest standout quarterback at a school that has produced many of them. Perone was the junior varsity starter his first two seasons, with his only varsity action coming late in blowout wins. In two games this season, Perone is 37 of 44 for 550 yards and eight touchdowns. Seton-LaSalle is 2-0.

You were 21 of 22 ... Do you remember the incomplete pass? Yeah. They had a blitz off the right side. Our receiver didn't pick up the blitz. I threw it over his head and it got intercepted. It was a screw up on my part and his part.

Team you're most looking forward to playing? South Fayette. We're taking it one game at a time, but our whole team is looking forward to that game.

Best nickname on your team? Matty Ice. That's Matt Reinmund. He's one of our receivers. We've called him that for as long as I can remember.

Best player in the WPIAL? (Aliquippa's) Dravon Henry or (Washington's) Shai McKenzie.

In 30 seconds, name as many former Seton-LaSalle quarterbacks as you can. Matt Rodgers, Bruce Gradkowski, Bill Stull, Anthony Rizza, Dave O'Brien, Luke Brumbaugh and Anthony Doria.

Seton-LaSalle grads Bruce and Gino Gradkowski are both in the NFL. Who is better? That's a tough question. Bruce is in Pittsburgh, and that's pretty cool. But Gino is starting (for Baltimore), so I've got to go with him. And he plays for the defending Super Bowl champions.

If you could play for any college, which one would it be? I've always been a big fan of South Carolina. My grandparents lived there. Other than that, I'm open to going anywhere. I just want to play college ball.

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