Watch Mia Cochran Drop A 17:26 At RWB

Mia Cochran's senior season started off in a big way at Saturday's Red, White & Blue Classic. The Moon Area senior clocked an XC 5K PR of 17:26, and won a key battle over one of the country's best in a thrilling race.

Cochran battled it out nearly the whole way in the AAA race at White Oak Park with Irene Riggs of Morgantown (WV). But Pennsylvania's top-ranked girl was able to gain some separation in the last bit of the race to kick to the victory. Riggs settled for second in 17:29.

It was a solid season-opener for Cochran who is the two-time reigning PIAA Class AAA state champion. She will be looking to win her third straight XC state title this fall, and surely has some big post-states plans as well.

Watch Cochran's win in the AAA race above and check out a post-race interview with her below. 

1Mia Cochran12Moon Area17:26.00 1
2Irene Riggs11Morgantown17:29.00 2
3Logan St. John Kletter10Mount Lebanon17:56.00 3
4Meredith Price12Pine-Richland18:03.00 4
5Wren Kucler9North Allegheny18:10.00 5
6Eva Kynaston10North Allegheny18:25.00 6
7Samantha Hennen12Shaler Area18:29.00 7
8Jenna Lang10Bethel Park18:33.00 8
9Eliza Miller10Kiski Area18:33.00 9
10Robin Kucler9North Allegheny18:36.00 10