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Three Medal in First Cross-Country Meet

9/13/14 – The Penn State Wilkes-Barre cross country team had three runners medal in the first meet of the 2014 season.

In the women's meet, Becky Wychock finished second overall and in the PSUAC with a time of 22:37 in the 5k race. Ashley Oliver finished 10th overall and eighth in the PSUAC with a time of 24:17. As a team, Wilkes-Barre finished third out of four teams.

In the men's meet, Kyle Borland finished 12th overall and 5th in the PSUAC with a time of 19:35 in the 5k. David Yunkinis finished 13th overall and sixth in the PSUAC with a time of 19:47. As a team, Wilkes-Barre finished second overall out of six teams.

Carey Earns All-American Honors at USCAAs

11/8/13 – Freshman Jason Carey finished third overall to earn USCAA All-American honors at the USCAA Cross Country National Championships.

In the women's race, sophomore Emily Pszeneczny finished 43rd overall with a time of 27:28, while freshman Azalee McAlpine finished 102 overall with a time of 31:08. 145 total runners competed in the women's 6k race.

In the men's race, Carey finished third overall in the 8k race with a time of 27:45. The men's team finished eighth overall out of nineteen total teams.

183 runners competed in the men's race. Junior Chris Monahan finished 68 overall with a time of 31:45 and freshman Shane McCrory finished 69th with a time of 31:50. Freshman David Yunkunis also finished in the top 100, finishing 93rd overall with a time of 32:44.

Men’s Cross Country Team Makes History, Wins First PSUAC Championship

10/19/13 – The Penn State Wilkes-Barre men’s cross-country team made school and PSUAC conference history on Saturday afternoon. The team won the first team championship in school history and became the first school other than Penn College to win the PSUAC championship since 2004.

In the men’s race, freshman Jason Carey won the team’s second consecutive PSUAC men’s individual championship, finishing first overall. Carey, along with junior Chris Monahan and freshman Shane McCrory who finished fourth and sixth, earned PSUAC All-Conference honors. Freshman David Yunkunis finished ninth, while junior Tyler Shelly finished thirteenth, earning Second Team All-Conference honors.

In the women’s cross-country race at the PSUAC Championships, junior Emily Pszeniczny and freshman Ashley Oliver finished third and fourth overall, earning PSUAC All-Conference honors. Freshman Azalee McAlpine finished eleventh, earning PSUAC Second Team All-Conference honors.

The team will next compete at the USCAA National Championships in Syracuse, NY, on Novemeber 8th.

Stanchak Named PSUAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year

10/19/13 – On Saturday, Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s third-year Head Coach, Brian D. Stanchak, was honored by the conference by being named PSUAC Men’s Cross-Country Coach of the Year. This season the men’s team won the first conference team championship in school history.

Cross Country Strong at LCCC Meet

10/12/13 – Penn State Wilkes-Barre Cross Country headed to compete at the Luzerne County Community College meet on Saturday. In the women’s race, Ashley Oliver finished third, while Emily Pszeniczny and Azalee McAlpine finished fourth and eighth overall. In the men’s race, Jason Carey finished first, while Chris Monahan finished fourth, Dave Yunkunis sixth and Shane McCrory seventh.

The team’s next meet is at the PSUAC Championships next Saturday, October 19th, at Penn State Worthington Scranton.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre Medals Four Times at PSU Fayette Invitational

The Penn State Wilkes-Barre cross country team got off to a fast start this season, claiming four medals at the Penn State Fayette Invitational. In the women’s race, sophomore Emily Pszeniczny finished third overall, while freshman Ashley Oliver from Wilkes-Barre, PA finished sixth overall. In the men’s race, freshman Jason Carey finished first overall by a large margin, while freshman Shane McCrory finished eighth overall. The men’s team finished second overall in the team competition.

The Mountain Lions’ next meet will be on campus next Saturday starting at 12:00 p.m.


 Leandri Earns All-American Honors at National Championships

11/9/12 - The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Cross Country team competed at the USCAA National Championships for the second consecutive year and the only two times in school history.  The women’s race started the event off with 2011 and 2012 PSUAC Individual Women’s Champion Alex Leandri and 2012 PSUAC All-Conference Team member Emily Pszeniczny competing.  Leandri made school history, finishing second overall to earn Women’s All-American honors with a time of 24:33 in the 6K race.  Pszeniczny finished 32nd out of the 169 runners competing in the women’s race. Once the women’s race was complete, the men’s race featured six Penn State Wilkes-Barre runners, including 2012 PSUAC Individual Champion Chris Monahan.  Monahan finished 27th overall out of the 182 runners competing in the men’s race. Monahan had a time of 29:44 on the 8K course. At the banquet on Thursday night, Lee Kozokas was recognized for his achievements in the classroom as he was named to the USCAA All-Academic Team.

Monahan Named USCAA Male Runner of the Week

10/22/12 – Congratulations to Chris Monahan on being named USCAA Male Runner of the Week!

Leandri and Monahan named PSUAC Conference Runners of the Year

10/20/12 -  Alex Leandri was named PSUAC Women’s Runner of the Year and Chris Monahan was named PSUAC Men’s Runner of the Year by the Penn State University Athletic Conference on Saturday afternoon.  Emily Pszeniczny was also named to the All-Conference Team. 

Wilkes-Barre Sweeps Individual Cross Country Championships

10/20/12 - Alex Leandri decided just one PSUAC Individual Women’s Championship wasn’t enough, and Chris Monahan won the first PSUAC Individual Men’s Cross Country Championship in school history.  Leandri won her second straight PSUAC Individual Women’s Cross Country Championship with a new course record of 20:37 on the 5k course.  Monahan finished the 8k men’s race with a time of 29:25. Emily Pszeniczny finished third in the PSUAC on the women’s side.  The runners will next complete for a USCAA National Championship in Lake Placid, NY on November 9th.

Leandri Sets Course Record; Men’s Team Wins First Race in School History

10/6/12 – The Penn State Wilkes-Barre team had an extremely successful day on its home course today as several of the team’s runners medaled at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Cross Country Invitational.  Alex Leandri finished first in the women’s race, setting a new course record of 16:44. Emily Pszeniczny finished second in the women’s race with a time of 17:36. The Penn State Wilkes-Barre men’s team won their first race in school history as the took home the trophy at their home course. Chris Monahan finished second overall with a time of 29:28. Matt Sharr finished fourth and Lee Kozokas finished fifth overall. Wilkes-Barre will next race at Penn State DuBois on Saturday, October 13th.

Leandri Named USCAA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week 

9/11/12 - Congratulations to sophomore Alex Leandri on being named USCAA Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week! 

Leandri Wins First Race of the Season

9/9/12 - Alex Leandri, defending her 2011 PSUAC Women’s Cross Country Championship, won the first race of the 2012 season at Penn State Worthington Scranton on Saturday afternoon. She finished the 6k race with a time of 27:00.  Wilkes-Barre freshman Emily Pszeniczny finished third overall in the women’s race, and sophomore Chris Monahan finished fourth in the men’s race.  The first men’s team in school history finished third out of seven teams. Wilkes-Barre’s next meet is at home on Saturday, October 3rd.


Leandri’s Run Falls Short

11/10/11 - Freshman Alex Leandri finished 27th out of 110 at the USCAA Championships this past Friday in Lake Placid, NY. Leandri had a tremendous season winning all four of her PSUAC races, including the PSUAC Individual Women’s Cross Country Championship. “Alex was great to coach this season. She worked hard and had such a positive attitude. I look forward to coaching her next season and helping her reach her goal of being named USCAA All-American” said Head Coach, Brian Stanchak.

Leandri Sweeps Conference, Wins First PSUAC Championship

10/22/11 - Penn State Wilkes-Barre freshman Alex Leandri (Mechanicsburg, PA) won the PSUAC women’s cross country individual championship on Saturday at Penn State Fayette. Leandri finished with a time of 23:15 in the very tough 5k race. This was the first PSUAC cross-country title in Penn State Wilkes-Barre history. Leandri swept the conference this year, winning all four of her PSUAC races. Leandri will next compete for a USCAA National Championship on November 11th in Lake Placid, NY.

Leandri Makes it Three for Three

10/15/11 - Penn State Wilkes-Barre Freshman Alex Leandri won her third straight PSUAC cross-country meet, winning the PSUAC Lehigh Valley Women’s Cross Country Invitational with a time of 22:23. The second place finisher finished 1 minute 15 seconds behind Leandri. Leandri has won each race she ran this season and will look for a sweep of the PSUAC season next weekend. She will be competing for the PSUAC Championship next Saturday, October 22nd at Penn State Fayette.

Leandri Named USCAA Runner of the Week

10/4/11 - Alex Leandri, a freshman at Penn State-Wilkes Barre, is the USCAA Women’s Cross Country Co-Runner of the Week. Alex finished in first place at the PSUAC Mont Alto Invitational 5k run with a time of 21:36. This time was 1:43 faster than the second place finisher.

Leandri Wins Second Cross Country Meet

10/1/11 – Freshman Alex Leandri is off to a fast start, winning her second straight PSUAC Cross Country meet on Saturday afternoon. She finished with a time of 21:36 to win the PSUAC Mont Alto Cross Country Invitational. The second place runner finished 1 minute 43 seconds behind Alex on the challenging 5K race course. Leandri’s next race is in two weeks (Saturday, October 15th) at the PSUAC Lehigh Valley Cross Country Invitational.

Leandri Wins 2011 Penn State Wilkes-Barre Women’s Cross Country Invitational

9/17/11 – On Saturday, September 17th, the first PSUAC Cross Country meet of the season took place at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. The big winner for the day was Wilkes-Barre freshman Alex Leandri, who won the women’s race with a time of 17:24 minutes. She blew away the competition, as the second place finisher crossed the finish line with a 18:29 minute time (Amber Martin – Worthington Scranton). Wilkes-Barre Coach Brian Stanchak said after the race, “I am so proud of Alex. She has worked tremendously hard throughout the pre-season and all of that hard work paid off for her today.”

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