Name: William Kachman
Sport: Cross country
Athlete of the week achievement: Kachman placed third in the PIAA Class AA cross country meet in 16:38. He also started for the Bedford soccer team in a PIAA Class AA subregional playoff win.
Season update: Kachman placed first in the Big Valley and Forest Hills invitationals, and the Laurel Highlands and District 6-AA championships.
Coach Michele Fisher’s quote: “His goal all season was to get at least the top five at states, and he want to win the whole thing before he graduates. He starts every soccer game, so we don’t see him at practice much. But he did come this past week and was really focused on the state meet.”
Favorite teacher: Mr. Lightner
Favorite subject: Science
Favorite movie: “Forrest Gump”
Favorite food: Pizza and steak
Favorite song: “Black Skinhead” by Kanye West
Outside interests: All sports and cars
Favorite professional team: Manchester United
Favorite college team: No preference
Pro athlete most admired: Usain Bolt
Best athlete I ever played with: Blake Baer
Best athlete I ever competed against: State College’s Will Cather
Most influential person on my athletic career: My father
Proudest athletic achievement: Getting third at states in cross country
How I got my start in cross country: I was asked to join by my coaches, Mrs. Fisher and ‘Hammy,’ after a 5K in eighth grade.
Future goal: Win states in cross country, soccer and track