5 USC students qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships!

On December 8th, 2018, Sawyer Weinmann, a 7th grader at Fort Couch Middle School, competed in the 2018 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships held at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park near Reno, Nevada. 12 year old Sawyer competed in the Boys 11-12 3k with 339 other boys and he finished 32nd, which is his best ever finish at nationals! Last year, as an 11 year old, he finished 108th (out of 396) at Apalachee Regional Park near Tallahassee, Florida and as a 10 year old he finished 45th out of 341 runners at Nationals when they were in Hoover, Alabama.

Sawyer wasn’t the only young athlete from his team, Pacer Track Club, who qualified to run in Reno. Pacer Track Club, under the direction of head coach Steve Meddings, had 16 athletes travel to historic Belmont Plateau Cross Country course in Philadelphia to compete in the USATF Region 2 Championships. Out of the 16 Pacers, 10 of the athletes qualified for Nationals, 5 of which are from Upper St. Clair. Besides Sawyer, the national qualifiers from Upper St. Clair were Baker 3rd grader Sam Cranganu for the 8&under 2k, Boyce 5th graders Collin Rosenberg and Jake Leggat in the boys 9-10 3k and Junior, Kasey Turner, who qualified by winning gold in the boys 15-16 5k.

While Sawyer was the only qualifier from USC that went to Nationals, he wasn’t alone; the Pacers also had Alex Lauver from Thomas Jefferson, Logan St John Kletter from Mount Lebanon, and Emily Carter from Bethel Park representing them in Reno. Fifteen year old Bethel Park sophomore, Emily Carter, earned herself a silver medal in the girls 15-16 5k and was the Pacers top finisher of the season. Congratulations to the Pacer Track Club on a great Cross Country season and a big shout out to Upper St. Clair’s own Sawyer Weinmann!

Local national athletes in Reno from Left to right: Logan St. John Kletter (11/12 Pacer), Leena Birchard (9/10 Penn Hills Eagles), Weinmann, Emily Carter (15/16 Pacer) and Alex Lauver (8&U Pacer)

For more information about the Pacer Track Club visit www.pacertrackclub.com The Spring track season starts in April for kids aged 7-18.

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