Rebecca’s Army

“April is the cruelest month”

"APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain." -TS Eliot Though I am thankful the snow is officially all melted (for good I hope) I am still longing for spring sunshine.  We've been relatively lucky this spring with weather for our track meets, but getting qu

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Rebecca’s Coaching Style

Rebecca Donaghue talks about her coaching style and how it relates to her own training. Rebecca's Army is steadily improving and just finished 4th at the PIAA XC Championships, their highest finish in Rebecca's tenure.

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Rebecca’s Army Finishes Fourth at PIAA XC Championships

Rebecca Donaghue's squad accomplished their goal of a top five finish, when they locked up fourth place by scoring 215 points using a 34-second compression. Emma Cousins led the way as she finished 68th. 4. State College (6) 29 Emma Cousins, Fr* 20:15 6:32 34 Kathryn McNaughton, Jr* 20:20 6:33 44 Nora Adams, Jr* 20:29 6:36 50 Hannah Grubb, So* 20:

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Rebecca’s Army is Ready for States

Rebecca Donaghue talks about the State College Girls' XC season and goals for the upcoming PIAA Championship. The team won the District 6 Title for the ninth consecutive time. They are currently ranked tenth in the latest PennTrackXC.com Team rankings, but are considered a sleeper team to earn a trophy in Hershey. Good Luck to Rebecca and her Army as the

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Busy weekend for Rebecca and her Army

This weekend will be a perfect illustration of Rebecca's everyday life where she straddles the roles of professional athlete and high school coach. Rebecca's Army will be in action at the PIAA Track & Field State Championships on Friday and Saturday. The 4x800m Relay (Nora Adams, Lucia Sofo, Kathryn McNaughton, and Chloe Schmidt), Chloe Schmidt, and Anne

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Rebecca’s Army has big night at District 6 meet

Chloe Schmidt (800 & 1600), Anne Balogh (3200), and the 4x800m Relay team of Schmidt, Nora Adams, Lucia Sofo, and Kathryn McNaughton used their gold medal performances to earn a trip to Shippensburg this weekend for the PIAA Track and Field State Championships. Their performances helped the team win the District 6 title for the fifth consecutive year. Also s

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Rebecca’s Army Rides Again at West Central Coaches

Last Friday at Mansion Park Rebecca's Army put up some impressive times as they continue to prepare for the PIAA Track and Field State Championships. Lucia Sofo, Kathryn McNaughton, Nora Adams, and Liz Novack set the tone for the day as they opened the meet with a fifth place in the 4x800m relay. Chloe Schmidt was a double winner on the day as she claimed ti

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Survival Mode

Last Wednesday I traveled to California to run the 3,000m at the Brutus Hamilton meet at Cal Berkeley. It was a tough decision to come out because it meant I'd miss being at Penn Relays with the State College girls, most of which have never experienced Penn Relays before. It's tricky because both coaching and my running are my career so I often have to make

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Good Luck to Rebecca’s Army at the Penn Relays!

Rebecca's Army heads into battle today at the Penn Relays. The 4x800m relay team  will get the day started at 11:00 a.m. in the second section of the large schools as they look to earn a spot in the High School Girls' 4x800m Championship of America on Friday. Later in the day at 7:25 p.m., Chloe Schmidt will toe the line  in the High School Girls' Mile Run

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Rebecca’s Army has Strong Day to Lead the Team to Victory

Chloe Schmidt (800m) and Kathryn McNaughton (2000m Steeplechase) set the tone for Rebecca's Army by winning their respective events at the Shippensburg Invitational. Chloe was also runner-up in the 400m and Ann Balogh finished seventh in the 3200m to complete the scoring for Rebecca's Army. Kathryn ran 2:32.78 when she doubled back in the 800m. While Nora A

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