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Pine-Richland Cross Country

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Mark Hunkele-High School Head Coach

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Mark is a coach, competitive runner and triathlete.  He is passionate about coaching Pine-Richland student athletes and athletes of all ages.  This is Mark’s second year as head high school cross country coach and was named the head cross country coach this year after being the interim head coach last year.  This is his third year coaching Pine-Richland Cross Country and has also coached Pine-Richland Track and Field the last three years.  Mark is also the head track and field coach for Pine-Richland High School after being named the new head coach in January.  He specializes in coaching the distance runners. As head coach, Mark oversees the entire cross country and track programs for the Pine-Richland School District.


Mark loves coaching Pine-Richland runners and is proud to be part of this great program. His goal as a coach is to help every athlete have the best experience possible in cross country and for the team to also be the best that it can be.  Mark individualizes training so that every athlete gets the best training possible.  He feels it is very important for every runner to have fun, keep a positive attitude, focus on achieving their goals and be determined to always do their best.  He hopes that every Pine-Richland runner becomes a lifelong runner.


Mark has extensive experience coaching youth running, triathlon and fitness programs, as well as youth baseball and soccer.


Mark is also the race director for the Ram Run 5K and 1 Mile Race in October at North Park in Pittsburgh, which is hosted by the Pine-Richland Cross Country Boosters. The annual event, which started in 2014, has over 500 participants each year with about half of them being children.


Mark has been running since he was 13. He started running after picking up an application for the Pittsburgh Great Race 10K, one of the largest races in the country. He ran this race one month later and was hooked on running. Mark has run hundreds of races including cross country and track meets, road races and triathlons. He enjoys racing all distances, but his favorite events are the marathon and Ironman Triathlon. Mark has run 59 marathons including 10 marathons run during Ironman Triathlons. HIs personal best is 2:43.34 run in the 2004 Philadelphia Marathon. Mark has run 14 Boston Marathons and in 2004 finished 126th overall male. His best place in the Pittsburgh Marathon is 14th in 2000. Mark’s best Ironman time is 10 hours 23 minutes. In 2017 he finished 8th out of over 400 people in his age group at Ironman Lake Placid and missed qualifying for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships by 2 places(3 minutes). 


Mark and his wife Jenene have 4 children and have lived in Pine Township since 2004.  Their children all attend Pine-Richland schools and are active in running, triathlons and other sports.


Mark is excited about this season and the future of our incredible cross country teams, which he know will be one of the most successful and best programs in Pennsylvania every year.


Tim Souders-Middle School Head Coach
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Coach Souders is a lifelong runner who began his running career as a student-athlete at Boyertown Area (PIAA District I), a program that has produced multiple state champions and medalists in cross country, indoor and outdoor track.  He fell in love with the sport in junior high school where he found success as a miler and eventually became a multiple state qualifier in high school cross country and track in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  His notable performances included a 6th place finish in the two-mile run at the 1989 state indoor meet, 10th place in the mile and 6th place in the two mile relay at the 1990 state indoor meet, and 6th place finish in the AAA 3200m run at the 1990 outdoor state championships.  He held school records at the time for cross country, 3200m, DMR and 4 x800m relays.  His high school achievements earned him an athletic scholarship to Robert Morris where he ran cross country, indoor and outdoor track from 1990-94.  He was NEC All-Conference in cross county and team MVP in 1990-91.  Despite some injury plagued seasons during his sophomore and junior years, he regained his form during his senior year and was awarded the University’s Scholar Athlete award in 1994.  Since college, Coach Souders has dabbled in road racing and still competes in some master’s track meets.  He set his personal bests for the marathon (2:47:13) and half marathon (1:18:07) in 2003.

 

The 2021 XC season will be his 4th year coaching at Pine-Richland and third as middle school head coach.  He is a certified USATF Level I coach, and he serves as an assistant spring track coach.  He also works with student-athletes during the off-season for winter conditioning and participation in indoor track meets. Coach Souders’ goals for this and every season are the same.  First, to share his passion for distance running with student-athletes that may be new to the sport, introduce training concepts and promote a healthy lifestyle.  Secondly, to build a strong foundation at the middle school in order to help propel the program to the next level, which hopefully culminates in regularly sending varsity runners and/or teams to states and competing for championships.  However, he believes our greatest measure of success will be long-term and measured by the number of lifelong runners we produce.

Coach Souders lives in Cranberry Township with his wife Kristina, who is also an avid runner, and son Sam.  He is employed as a credit officer for a large regional bank in downtown Pittsburgh.  In his free time he enjoys cycling, hiking, and spending time with his family.  His oldest son Nathaniel will be a freshman at Pitt this fall, and his youngest son Sam just turned one in July.  He can be followed on the socials at Strava and Twitter.


Timothy Converse 

Info coming soon...

Sarah Mantella

As an alumnae of Pine-Richland, I’m proud to be able to be on the middle school coaching staff this year.  I have been involved with the Pine-Richland cross country program since 2008 and have enjoyed every moment!  


Running has always been a love of mine and I want to share that passion with others.  I have found that this sport allows runners to develop a greater knowledge of the sport, knowledge of what they can achieve, and camaraderie of being on a team.  This year I take pride in seeing everyone succeed—whether those successes are small or large. This year, I look forward to motivating and challenging each runner to meet their individual and team goals.


Let’s Go Rams!



 

 

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                                                   Greg Powell

I have always loved running from a young age and am very thankful that I am still able to train and compete, but most importantly I love the running relationships I have gained along the way.
In high school I ran for North Allegheny and had a great overall experience being part of a very successful program. I was their top runner all 4 HS years and finished top 10 in the WPIAL Championships 3 of my 4 years... finishing 25th as a freshman and missing States by one place.
After HS I was offered a scholarship to run Cross Country and Track at Duquesne University.  I was on the Atlantic 10 All Conference team, and won the IC4A Cross Country Championship  10k race in 31:26 my senior year.  My XC 5 mile PR was 24:45.
I love the opportunity to share my experience and knowledge of the sport as part of the PR program.

  Kristen Berger

Kristen is a runner and the mother of 3 Pine-Richland graduates.   Her youngest daughter graduated in 2018 and was on the middle school and high school cross country teams, where she went to states as a freshman.  Kristen was an active participant in the PRCC Boosters at that time.  As a high school student herself, Kristen was introduced to the sport and ran one season of cross country at Rocky Grove High School in Franklin, PA.  She has a degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and worked for Pitt County Schools in NC, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit in educational, home and early intervention settings.   Her true love of the sport began began in 2009.  She quickly moved from novice to competitive masters athlete.  She has run many races competitively from one mile to 50K in road and trail races.  She has run 23 marathons, including 7 Boston Marathons.  She will be running her 8th Boston Marathon virtually this fall.  She attended the Lydiard Coaching Seminar in Boulder, CO.  This is her second season as the PRMS Asst. Coach.  She strives to share her passion and knowledge to safely encourage and develop life long, healthy, rewarding participation in the sport with PRMS athletes.  

                                                                         Lizzie Morris

I began my running career at Central Buck East High School (Bucks County, PA). I was a 6 time state medalist during XC and Track and was lucky enough to be recruited to continue my running career at the collegiate level. I ran Cross Country and Track  for Duquesne University from 2015-2020. I focused on the long distance events spanning from 3,000 meters- 10,000 meters. I was on the A10 All-Conference team for Cross Country my senior year and for Track and Field my junior and senior years.  I look forward to starting my coaching career with the very talented Pine Richland program!

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Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 15044

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c/o Pine Richland High School, 700 Warrendale Road
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 15044

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