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News and notes from Red, White & Blue Invite


Couple things that didn’t make my Sunday story from the Red, White & Blue Invitational, held at Schenley Park on Saturday morning.
As I wrote, Fox Chapel’s Colin Martin beat his twin brother, Ethan, for the first time, finishing in 15 minutes, 18 seconds to Ethan’s 15:35.
Colin Martin made his big push about halfway into the race.
“I got about a 10-meter gap, and I knew that wasn’t going to be enough,” Colin Martin said. “So I kept pushing to see if I could take (Kiski Area’s Brent Kennedy and Ethan) a couple more miles and break them down a little bit more. When I got back up to the (Schenley Park) oval, I knew I was close and couldn’t give it up then. If I would have gotten beaten, I would have so disappointed.”
I asked Colin Martin what dinner Saturday night would be like, whether there would be any animosity.
“Man, I have no idea,” Martin said. “We’ll go out somewhere nice, I’m sure. We’re going to celebrate.”
>>Mt. Lebanon’s Kelsey Potts made a major statement by finishing in 17 minutes, 47 seconds to break the course record set by Shaler’s Brianna Schwartz last fall.
Schwartz didn’t run to nurse an injury that hampered her training this summer.
“I’m happy about that,” Potts said of setting the course record.
>>Because Shaler’s teachers are on strike, middle school principal Marty Martynuska, a former runner himself, served as the interim head coach.
“She had a minor injury, and she’s training through it,” Martynuska said of Schwartz. “She wants to be good to go for the end of the year, and she will be. She’s training exceptionally well.”
>>Vincentian’s Marianne Abdalah was two seconds behind Potts and said the early part of the race cost her.
“I thought it was harder than most races because I like the hills,” Abdalah said. “The first mile it took you so fast that you couldn’t contain yourself.
“The first mile was a little too fast. But you didn’t want to lose sight of the leaders because then you’re out of the race.”
–Jason Mackey

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