Joe Bendel profiles North Allegheny graduate Katie Guarnaccia, who is now a standout cross country runner at Point Park.
"Katie Guarnaccia is a catch-me-if-you-can type of runner, a trailblazer with no conscience.
When the starting gun sounds, she's off to the races. Literally.
"I like to get out fast, get out in front," Guarnaccia said. "It might not be typical of most runners, but it's how I like to do it."
This Point Park sophomore is setting an unprecedented pace on the NAIA cross country circuit this fall.
She opened the season with a fifth-place finish at the Duquesne Duals, which featured a large contingent of Division I runners in a field of 100. She followed that by placing first out of 228 at the Bethany Invitational; first out of 130 at the Penn State Behrend Invitational; and fifth out of 258 at the Lock Haven University Invitational. She missed the Greater Louisville Classic this past weekend due to an academic conflict. Point Park finished 19th out of 44 teams."