PennTrackXC and Lacelocker are excited to declare Julia Cusatis of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy the winner of the Bronze Shoe Award, as the Most Inspiring PA XC Athlete of the Year. (Interesting to note that Julia had two separate nominations, which clearly shows her impact on others.)
“She really doesn’t let anything get in her way. She has arthritis, but it doesn’t stop her from achieving what she wants to achieve. She is probably one of the most determined people I know, and is very inspiring to me.” – Sera Mazza
Congrats, Julia!!! This honor is well deserved. We are very proud and thankful for the example you set everyday!
We have a had big last few weeks highlighted by the following efforts. Zach qualified for the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Lawrence, KS in the 110 hurdles and 800m. He was able to use a devastating finish to secure the Region 2 title in the 800.
Garrett was on fire Thursday night as he continued his CPSL dominance in the pool and helped SPRA snap the 2+ year win streak of Park Forest. He will be a favorite for medals at Big Champs in a few weeks.
Julia used a strong second half on the streets of campus to earn the the Arts Fest 5k title in 20:27. She made a move on the downhill to break away and from there on she was by herself and then she said, “I just kind went for it.” The time was 50s improvement over last year’s effort. for winning the Arts Fest 5k in 20:27!
Big night at the GATES with four new personal bests and new course records! Carter made his GATES debut and set the new standard of 8:39! Julia lowered the girl’s record to 9:27! Leo and Isaac set personal bests of 9:10 and 9:13, respectively.
We had strong day at the Fibonacci 4k! Max and Isaac won the men’s relay with a time of 14:30. Myah and Lindsey were victorious for the women in 15:59. Julia and Camryn were the second women’s team in 16:56. Maggie and I teamed up and finished second in the mixed relay with a time of 20:26. Sera’s mom, Sue was the overall women’s winner in 18:51!
We also has a vision of the past with former Juggernaut, Matt Kisenwether, winning the 4k title in 14:45. And a glimpse into the future with Devon and Monika snagging 4th overall women, Seki Chappell finishing on the 6th place women’s team, and Gretel and Claire crossing the line as the 7th place women’s team.
It was a fun race and everyone had a blast.
Our third run to the GATES produced more personal bests and new course record for the girls, Sera at 9:38. Julia produced the fastest debut time with a9:40 clocking. Leo added a personal best of 9:23.
The group got two quality runs plus some swimming at Poe Valley State Park this weekend. Luckily the storms stayed at bay.
Our second run to the GATES produced more personal bests and new course record for the girls, Sera at 9:51. Lindsey dipped under 10 for the first time at 9:57. Zach added a personal best of 9:05 as he and Max finished side by side. Isaac and Leo added personal bests of 9:25 and 9:35, respectively.