Cross country runner finishes seventh


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Pitt-Johnstown cross country runner Tori Fulkroad (right) runs at the Saint Francis University Father Bede Cross Country invitational at Immegrun Golf Club Sept. 1. Fulkroad finished third overall with a 20:31.9 time.

Cory Geer, Sports Editor

Pitt-Johnstown senior cross country runner Tori Fulkroad finished seventh out of 151 runners Saturday afternoon at the NCAA division II Atlantic Regional at Lock Haven University.

Fulkroad, who ran a 21:26 time, was just one 1:10 behind medalist Julie Friend of California (Pa.). Fulkroad was just nine seconds behind second-place finisher Sydney Pineault from West Virginia Wesleyan.

Fulkroad said her goal time for regionals was around 21 minutes.

“Lock Haven’s course is more flat and has less hills. Which makes it easier for runners to stay on pace,” said Fulkroad.

Fulkroad who finished fourth overall in the conference tournament, was the first Pitt-Johnstown runner to medal in a conference tournament since the Mountain Cats moved to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

“I was very happy with my results and I’m happy that I could bring attention to the program,” said Fulkroad.

Fulkroad said that she experienced a build up of emotions leading up to the event.

“I was super excited, yet super nervous leading up to the event. It was an honor to be able to compete in the regionals,” said Fulkroad.

Fulkroad said the biggest thing she wanted to accomplish at the event was to bring exposure to Pitt-Johnstown cross country’s program.

“I just want to help build the program up. I would like to help Pitt-Johnstown continue to get more runners who can help us compete as a team.

Fulkroad said that hopefully she can carry the success over to track and field.