Thursday, October 14, 2010
The number one-ranked cross country runner in the Philadelphia Catholic League (PCL) this year is LaSalle College High School's Tom Trainer. He's undefeated in the PCL this year and has the best time run on the Belmont Plateau course this season (16:18). He comes from a very strong cross country program, which has won the last seven PCL cross country titles. His cross country 5K PR is 15:46 and he has a track 3200 PR of 9:16. He is the reigning PCL and PIAA Disrict 12 AAA 3200 meter champion. He placed 12th in the 3200 meters at the Pennsylvania state meet, in 9:16.72 last May as a junior.
So far this season outside the PCL, Tom won the Briarwood Invitational, was 3rd at the Carlisle Meet of Champions, and came 20th last week at Eastern States (see video above). The PCL cross country championship will be held on October 23 and Trainer is the odds-on favorite for the individual title. Trainer is on Villanova's recruiting radar and Nova may have the inside track: his father is Dr. James F. Trainer, Villanova's Director of Planning and Assessment in the Office of Planning and Institutional Research.
To go to Trainer's MileSplit page, click this post's title.