Part 8: An eight-part interview with 10-time PA state champ and 4:39 miler Angel Piccirillo


Angel Piccirillo closed out her senior season as one of the top distance runners in Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Bursting on the scene as a sophomore - Piccirillo would eventually win ten state titles, including two in cross country, three indoor mile titles, the 3000 meter run indoor, three outdoor 1600's and an outdoor 800. She also captured two Penn Relays COA titles, and was runner-up her senior year. She ran in two adidas Grand Prix Dream Miles, finishing 2nd her senior year. In addition to two XC state titles, Piccirillo was a two-time Foot Locker finalist, winning the Northest Regional her senior year before going on to earn all-American status.

PennTrackXC publisher Don Rich spent two days in Homer Center in late June, and sat down with both Angel and her coach, Mike Gentile, to talk about one of the best prep track & field/XC careers in PA history.

An eight-party series to be published during early July, 2012.


Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  Part 4  |  Part 5  |  Part 6  |  Part 7  |  Part 8


Angel Piccirillo Interview Part I

Part 1: Angel discusses how she first got into running as a Sophomore and her stunning season,
winning the 1600m indoor and outdoor that year, a
long with her first Penn Relays Girls' Championship Mile.





Angel Piccirillo Interview Part II


Part 2: Angel discusses her surprisingly successful Sophomore outdoor season, winning the 1600m outdoor, to go with her first Penn Relays Girls Invitational Mile title.



Angel Piccirillo Interview Part III

Angel talks about her first encounter with Aisling Cuffe and how she developed into a miler.




Angel Piccirillo Interview Part IV

Angel talks about her lofty goals for herself, setting out the achieve them on her own,
and the doubts that crept in from time to time along the way.



Angel Piccirillo Interview Part V

Angel discusses her mental toughness, trusting her coaches and always doing the little things to make her better.




Angel Piccirillo Interview Part VI

Angel discusses the workouts that it took to get to 4:40 as well as her disappointment with finishing 2nd in NY despite running a 4:39 mile.




Angel Piccirillo Interview Part VII

Angel talking about her training and the excitement of joining Villanova in the Fall of 2012!



Angel Piccirillo Interview Part VIII

Reflections on 3 amazing years of growth by Angel and Coach G.