Track: Eden Christian standout finishes career on a high note

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Eden Christian's Lauren Gronbeck finished out her senior year at the PIAA Class AA championships.

Gronbeck took fourth place in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11:03.83. The time was slower than the week prior when she took the WPIAL title with a time of 10:57.88. Her win was the first WPIAL gold in school history.

Vincentian Academy's Marianne Abdalah won the PIAA title in the 3,200 after finishing second to Gronbeck at the WPIAL meet. She broke the tape in 10:51.60 to defend her title.


Alumni Update - Carter Smith (Allegheny)

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NEW ORLEANS –The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced that threeSmith AC members of the Allegheny College men's track and field team have been named All-Region for the 2016 outdoor campaign.


The Gator trio includes juniors Dan Cheung and Christian Miranda, and sophomore Carter Smith.


Smith, an Eden Christian graduate, was a key contributor to a strong Gator distance contingent throughout the 2016 outdoor campaign, specializing in the 1,500 and 5,000 meter runs.  

The sophomore turned in Allegheny's top times in both events on the season, with a mark of 3:55.75 in the 1,500 at the Allegheny Gator Invite, and a time of 14:45.24 to take fourth in a Division-I-heavy field at the Bucknell Bison Classic.  

Smith finished fourth or higher in five of his seven races run on the year, including a fourth-place finish at the NCAC Outdoor Championship in the 5,000.


(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)


Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Eden Christian's David Ritchie

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Name: David Ritchie
High School: Eden Christian
Grade: 10
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Ritchie, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, is second in Class A in scoring with 21.7 points per game. He ranks fourth among all North area players in that category. Ritchie scored a team-high 16 points in leading Eden Christian to its biggest win of the season, a 56-50 triumph against Sewickley Academy on Jan. 19. Eden Christian, a WPIAL semifinalist a season ago, is 16-3 overall and can earn at least a split of the Section 1 title with wins against Cornell and Quigley Catholic this week. The Chargers are currently tied with Sewickley Academy for first place.


Cross Country: Eden Christian runners to hold Ordinary Hero 5K

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The act of being a hero seems like a large task. One normally associated with superheroes like Superman and Wonder Woman.

Three Eden Christian Academy varsity cross country team seniors think differently.

Lauren Gronbeck, Madison Graner and Jenna Sanavely will host the Ordinary Hero 5K, Saturday, Nov. 21 at North Park. The race begins at 10:00 a.m. at the North Park Boathouse.

All proceeds from the race and donations benefit an advocacy program called Ordinary Hero that partners with impoverished communities and empowers ordinary people to change the life of a child. The Eden Christian Academy trio is supporting a branch of Ordinary Hero that provides medical care to Ethiopians. After Graner's mission trip in Ethiopia last year, Ordinary Hero was a no brainer for the girls.

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Track: North Feature Athlete - Eden Christian's Lauren Gronbeck

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Name: Lauren Gronbeck
School: Eden Christian
Grade: 11
Sport: Track
Events: 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs

Background: Gronbeck has been in cross country and track while in high school. She has also been a valuable member of the school's mock trial team. Gronbeck took second in the 3,200 at the Mars Invitational. She finished fourth in the 3,200 at the state meet last year. She also finished third in the state cross country meet.