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Meet Rebecca Donaghue

October 22, 2009 - Erik Brown
           Who is Rebecca Donaghue? If you aren’t from State College, or if you don’t follow the USA Track & Field Road Championship race scene, you might say Rebecca who? 
            Well, Rebecca is a State College resident. She is the head coach of the State College girls’ cross country team and an elite professional runner who placed second in two USATF road championships in the past month (5K in 15:30, and 10K in 32:28). In the words of today’s guest columnist, “Rebecca is seriously fast, but horribly under-recognized in our area.”
            So, with kudos and many thanks to Matt Manfred, you can read about Rebecca by clicking on this link to his recent interview with her at
Matt Manfred is a freelance writer living in State College, PA. He and his wife Heidi have previously been head coaches of both Penn State Altoona cross country and Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School track and field until this summer when they moved from Altoona. Matt now fills his free afternoons pushing the family's double jogging stroller and cheering for neighborhood runners as they pass his house.
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