9/10-Bower power works for Latrobe. Van Kooten fast on hot day @ Red, White & Blue Classic (pix)

More race photos by James K. Wood are below

Kelley O'Brien and Natalie Bower are stride-for-stride
at 2500 meters (photo by James K. Wood)

The latest proof that one freshman can make a big difference came in the person of Natalie Bower of Latrobe. She simply refused to be intimidated by a talented field at the growing Red, White & Blue Classic in Pittsburgh's Schenley Park. Her 18:43 , led four scoring seniors in 9th, 11th, 16th and 36th for the 72-86 win over North Allegheny. Individually, second place went to the other (mild) surprise in western PA this season, the return of Mount Lebanon's Zaratiza Petrova, who was 15 seconds back. Her team was 3rd.

In the Varsity boys race, North Allegheny scored a 33 point win over Pittsburgh Central Catholic behind the 2nd place finish by senior Max Brown, who appears to be on track to the XC season his ability portends. His race up-front was with Central Catholic junior Scott Van Kooten, who went 15:47, eight seconds ahead of Brown.

Bower dominates Red, White & Blue-From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Van Kooten, Bower win at Classic-From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Zaratiza Petrova pushes the pace, with Natalie Bower off her left shoulder.
(photo by James K. Wood)

Kaitlin Grimm, Penn Hills, 4th in 19:08. (photo by James K. Wood)

Justine Jeroski, Franklin Regional; Lexa Gass, Moon would finish 7-8.
(photo by James K. Wood)

Lisa Delorenzo, Gateway, leads a chase pack at 2500 meters.
She would finish 15th. (photo by James K. Wood)

Girls' start (photo by James K. Wood)

Boys' start (photo by James K. Wood)