For Vincentian freshman Marianne Abdalah, the future is now.
In her first PIAA meet, Abdalah crushed the Class A field, winning by 56 seconds over second-place Beth Shenck of Avonworth, Saturday at Hershey Park.
Abdalah finished with a time of 18:24. She was out way in front by the second-mile marker, beating the closest competitor at that time by 36 seconds.
The state title caps a great season for the ninth-grader, who also won the WPIAL title and held her own against the best competition in the WPIAL from all classifications throughout the season. Abdalah finished first at the Slippery Rock Invitational, and second at the Red, White & Blue Classic, Central Invitational and the Tri-State Coaches Association cross country championship.