2015 TRA Honors Cross Country Winners Announced

With my recent loss, it was tough for me to win such an honorable award and not be able to share the great news with my dad.

I pondered what I should say, this is truly an honor to be voted by my peers. Thank you, to the XC athletes, USATF Three Rivers Association, Greensburg YMCA XC, Brooks Running and the Coach ID program, and most importantly my family.


The Association is excited to complete the first year of the program by acknowledging the cross county winners below with a commemorative plaque and sharing more on each awardee in the newsletter found here.

#brooksrunning #brooksid #usatf
-Brian B.

Three Rivers Association Honors – Cross Country – USATF -Three Rivers Association

One of my cross county athletes and I were nominated for the 2016 USATF Three Rivers Association Cross Country Honors.

  • Emma Orndorff – 8 & Under Girls – Greensburg YMCA – Greensburg, PA
    • Runner up of inaugural Youth Cross Country Challenge
    • 2015 USATF Three Rivers Association Cross Country Championships – 2nd Place
    • 2015 USATF Region 2 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships – 4th Place
    • Qualified for the 2015 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships


  • Brian Brown – Greenburg YMCA – Greensburg, PA
    • 1st Place TRA Cross Country Championships – Masters Men (third place overall)
    • TRA Board Member

-Brian B.

Greensburg Turkey Trot

2015 GBG Turkey Trot PR
It’s finally starting to happen my injuries of the previous 2 Years have finally been corrected and I get my fastest TT time.
I ran a 19:00 flat to earn 1st in age and 2nd masters. I was 17 Overall out of 2300 timed/non-timed runners.

Even 1k laps

Color coded pace. Not the hill at the 4K mark. Yeah that sucked…

Shirt, age trophy and corporate cup! Thanks Chris and Steve we pulled off the cup, too!

-Brian B.

6th Marshall Mangler 5 Mile Trail (North Park)


Farther & Son Sweep of the Marshall Mangler 5 Mile.  Mark completely owned this race and was minutes ahead of me, but he and I got lost the last 1/4 mile.  I was unsure the last quarter mile due to lack of marker flags and i find Mark running back to me.  We finished together. However we were still both 2 1/2 minutes ahead of the 3rd runner.




Since he crushed this course I let him win,  looking back i should of made him earn it 😉bazu-7394991 bazu-7394283


USATF TRA Masters Cross Country championships

At Coopers Lake Campgrounds the home course of University of Slippery Rock Cross Country.
It was a mixed event with 15-16, 17-18, Open and masters.
I was third in the race and was the first masters.
I ran a 19:37 not a great time but I was minutes ahead of the other masters and gave in to the younger runners.http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/951378352

This course is tricky and need to be careful the first 400 meters, since it’s the largest hill of the race. The hill is partially rerun in the 3rd kilometer but excludes the steepest climb.

The best part of this race I won $50.

-Brian B.

2015 PIAA CC championship

After a injury plagued 2015 freshman season(Achilles and bruised knees) and fighting tough mental challenges, Mark regains his previous form to lead the Greensburg-Salem team.
In the PIAA AA division, Mark ran a 17:07, placed 38th overall and was the #3 freshman.
This is at 3/4 mile, the GS team got caught in the middle of the pack and had to work ahead in traffic.

At the 2.2 mile, Mark was in 35th and the first GS runner. His teammate was just behind out of view.

Final 100 meters. The GS team is freshman strong. Mark and his teammate 2 seconds behind.

Pictured below is one senior, three juniors, sophomore and two freshman. Both freshman were the GS top runners at PIAA. Not pictured is a third freshman. Who didn’t run due to injury at the Red, White and Blue CC invite. This GS boys team will make a serious run for the 2016 PIAA title.

-Brian B.