Perzanowski sisters shining in the Florida CC sunshine

Sometimes in life, people take things for granted.

Such is the case with area prep cross country in years’ past.

It seemed like each and every week, another sterling performance was being put forth and since we saw the competitors run each week and kind of had a feeling how the races would transpire.

As some of those runners have now gone on to college running careers, we’re seeing even further just how good and spoiled we may have been with what we had in the Ohio Valley.

Several area products began their college seasons last weekend and are playing key roles in their respective teams’ success.

The Perzanowski Sisters – Kelly and Jamie – had a tremendous impact on the St. Clairsville Lady Red Devils’ program.

They’ve now separated from each other, but still having a huge impact for their teams.

Kelly opened her sophomore season at Florida Gulf Coast University with an impressive fifth-place finish in the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational held last Friday.

Perzanowski was the second runner on her team to cross the finish line. She finished the 5,000-meter race in a time of 19:45.80.

Jamie – who is running at Central Florida University in Tampa – is off to a solid start after her first collegiate meet.

The former Division II state track runnerup at 3200 meters was the top finisher on her team at the UT Early Bird Classic held in Brandon, Florida. Jamie finished the 5K race in a time of 18:44, which was good enough for sixth overall.

The Perzanowski sisters will have a chance to race head-to-head later this season. Both Florida Gulf Coast and Central Florida are scheduled to take part in the Mountain Dew Invitational in Gainesville and also the Disney Cross Country Classic in Lake Buena Vista.

Those races will mark the first time the sisters have faced each other head-to-head in their careers.

Another former Red Devil standout, Alex Thornburg, is off to a solid start to his sophomore season at Division I Loyola of Chicago.

Thornburg finished 21st overall in UIC Home Opener meet held last Friday. Thornburg was seventh on the team in a time of 21:37.5.

Former Harrison Central standout Ericka Skinner – who qualified for the NCAA Division II National meet a season ago – finished the 4K UNC Invitational in Chapel Hill in a time of 14:42, which was good enough for fourth place.

Skinner was the lone non-Tar Heel runner to finish in the top seven.

Former Buckeye Local standout Sherry Borsos – a junior at West Liberty – finished second at the Saliberry Fall Fest Invitational last weekend.

Borsos finished the 5,920 meter race in a time of 22:10.

The University of Cincinnati took part in the VMI Relays last Friday. The format of the meet included two designated competitors competing together in a pair of two-mile races.

Moscato and teammate Matt Collmar finished 11th overall in a combined time of 42:31.

Two former Irish runners are competing at Wheeling Jesuit University.

Sophomore Luke Holubeck finished second on the Cardinals’ squad in the Bob Kreamer 3K. Freshman Matt Riffle finished sixth on the squad.

Jesuit will trek to Oxford this weekend to run at a meet at Miami of Ohio.

Former Barnesville standout Stephanie Morgan is currently competing in her sophomore season at the University of Illinois.

Morgan didn’t compete in the Illini’s opening meet.

Former Wheeling Park standout Courtney Yeager is also a member of the Illini’s squad. She, too, didn’t compete last weekend.



The regular season Ohio Track and Cross Country Association CC poll debuted this week.

St. Clairsville’s boys were voted 10th with 76 points, while the Lady Red Devils debuted at 22nd with 15 points.

In the Division III poll, St. John’s boys are 12th in the first ranking. The Lady Irish received one vote.


  • Alison Gibson, who is the grandaughter of St. Clairsville residents Roy and Ethel Mazzer, won the junior national title at the USA Diving Junior National Championships held last month in Knoxville, Tn. Alison won the golf with 323.15 points in the 12-13 girls 3-meter final.

She also placed 10th in the 1-meter springboard event (237.5 points), sixth in the platform with a personal best score (310.75).

Gibson, who lives in Austin, Texas and trains at the University of Texas Swim Center, will take part in the Pan American Junior Championship to be held this month in Medellin, Columbia.

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