MONONGAHELA – There was sure to be some playful boasting Thursday night in the Lampe household.

Katie Lampe, a freshman at West Greene, had bragging rights over her sisters, twins McKenna and Madison, after the Mingo Classic cross country meet at Mingo Park.

Katie Lampe finished 28th overall in a field of 182 runners to help the Pioneers win the girls Class A team title. Her time was 22:05.40 over the 3.1-mile course.

“I wanted to get a better time than my sisters,” Katie Lampe said with a smile. “We’re real competitive.”

McKenna Lampe (23:09.88) was 47th and Madison Lampe (23:58.52) was 61st. Brooke Barner (23:13.73) was 49th, Ashley Cumberledge (24:23.22) was 67th, Jersey Wise (25:13.72) finished 80th, Sarah Collins (29:12.43) was 132nd, and Danielle Fox (31:45.34) crossed at 164th.

Elizabeth Forward won the girls Class AA team title and South Fayette the girls Class AAA title.

In boys action, Upper St. Clair won Class AAA, Ringgold won Class AA and Serra Catholic was tops in Class A.

The persistent rain over the past weeks left the course soggy so PR times were rare on this day. But that didn’t remove the luster from the performance of the Pioneers.

“It was hard (to run),” said Katie Lampe. “There was mud everywhere. The hills were tough, too.”

McKenna and Madision Lampe, both seniors, spent most of August in boot camp for the army reserves. Noted for their softball skills, the pair was ready to pick Alvernia University in Reading until the softball coach left for another opportunity.

So, they have begun the process again with trips to Pitt-Johnstown, Waynesburg University, Case Western Reserve and Mercyhurst.

“I’m hoping to make a decision before the end of the year,” said McKenna Lampe.

South Fayette was paced by junior Hailey Poe, who was fifth overall with a time of 20:39.98. Freshman Lauren Iagnemma (20:52.82) was seventh, sophomore Baylee Carpenter (21:30.20) finished 12th, freshman Gabby Baiano (21:37.72) was 19th, sophomore Delaney Parisi (21:50.49) was 20th and sophomore Emma Fleck (22:17.22) finished 32nd.

“I like the mud. It’s a lot of fun,” said Poe. “I like the cross country terrain and I like the hills. Although the last one was brutal. We have a mileage scale to prepare for the WPIAL championships. This week was either 30 or 35 miles (practice runs). I’m running pretty much every night.

“I thought our team could do pretty well. After doing so well at Grove City last week, we were like , ‘Wow, we can do something.’”

Zack Marmol, a junior at Peters Township, was the top local runner with a fourth-place time of 17:16.53. He ran with the phrase, “Trust The Process,” painted across his back and under his shirt.

“It’s from (76ers center) Joel Embid. I look up to him,” said Marmol. “It means when things aren’t going well, you have to stay focus and every day take an incremental step to get better. And every day, you have to do something to improve yourself.”

Ringgold’s finish was sparked by sophomore Lucas Pajak, (8th overall, 17:26.73), junior Ethan Gamble (15th, 18:01.25), senior Eric Obringer (20th, 18:12.44), sophomore Ben Daerr (26th, 18:32.21), and freshman Zeni Lorenzo (57th, 19:34.21).

In other news, Belle Vernon’s Grace Henderson took second place and Kaitlyn Keegan fourth at the Fayette County Coaches Meet held at Penn State Fayette. Noah Lehner was 16th and Isaac Evans 21st.

Assistant Sports Editor

Joe Tuscano has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1980. He has covered all sports for the newspaper, including the Steelers, Pirates, Pitt football, local college football and wrestling.

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