Fox Chapel Poses Double Title Threat Martin Twins Rate as Favorites to Claim Class AAA Laurels

By Riordan, Ryan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), October 18, 2013 | Go to article overview

Fox Chapel Poses Double Title Threat Martin Twins Rate as Favorites to Claim Class AAA Laurels


Riordan, Ryan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


In the spring, twin bothers Ethan and Colin Martin finished first and second, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships.

Now these Fox Chapel seniors will attempt to take the top two spots again Thursday at the WPIAL Class AAA cross country meet at Cooper's Lake Campground near Slippery Rock.

The Martins, who committed to the University of Michigan last week, will be among the favorites, along with defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Brent Kennedy of Kiski Area.

"It's always very exciting," Ethan Martin said of the competition between the three competitors. "It's good for us. We've been competing for about six years and we hold nothing back. Before and after the race we're friendly, but we attack each other strong during the race."

Kennedy beat Ethan Martin by five seconds at last season's district meet, with Colin Martin finishing fifth.

But when the three competitors met earlier this season at the Red, White & Blue Classic at Schenley Park, it was Colin Martin who won the title, with Kennedy finishing second and Ethan Martin placing third. It was the first time Colin had ever beaten his brother.

"We push each other to places that haven't been pushed before," Colin Martin said.

Ethan Martin will have to push through an Achilles injury, which he said has been bothering him for the past three weeks.

In addition to the Martins and Kennedy, a host of North Allegheny runners, including Matt McGoey, Cordon Luoco and Seamus Love, will likely be near the front of the pack. At the Red, White & Blue Classic, five Tigers runners in a row crossed the finish line after the Martins and Kennedy. That depth makes the Tigers the favorite to win their ninth consecutive WPIAL Class AAA team title.

"[North Allegheny] has won eight in a row and I'm certain they're going to win their ninth," Colin Martin said. "No one will touch them."

Quaker Valley has its own impressive streak going in Class AA, winning six consecutive titles. The Quakers have four of their top six runners back from last season and added freshman Zach Stolnekovich, who won the MAC championship last week.

But the Quakers will face tough competition from South Fayette, which had no seniors on its team that placed third in the WPIAL meet last season. Senior Joncarlo Patton leads the way for the Lions.

"We're going to have our strongest competition yet in South Fayette," Quaker Valley coach Dave Noyes said. "They're running very well. We're going to have be on top of our game."

Knoch should also be in the hunt with its top two runners, Preston Carlsson and Brandon Grumski, challenging for the individual title.

In Class A, defending champion Our Lady of the Sacred Heart will be pushed by Winchester Thurston, Vincentian Academy and Northgate. …

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