Wess known as team player
Name: Paige Wess
School: Central Cambria
Sport: Cross country
Athlete of the week achievement: Wess raced to a first-place finish in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Championship Meet in Ebensburg with a time of 19 minutes, 22.4 seconds to win by more than 12 seconds. She also helped the Lady Devils claim the team championship.
Season update: Wess and her teammates will be competing in the District 6 Class 2A meet this Saturday in Reedsville.
Coach Randy Wilson’s quote: “Paige is an extremely mature runner and leader. She always pushes herself and her teammates — and coaches — to give it their best in every workout. She’s super positive and supportive during workouts and races and always puts the team before herself.
Favorite teacher: Mrs. Criste
Favorite subject: Spanish
Favorite movie: “The Last Song”
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite song: “Lil Boo Baby” by Leek Jack
Outside interests: Playing basketball and hanging out with friends
Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Favorite college team: Penn State
Pro athlete most admired: Allyson Felix
Best athlete I ever competed against: Teammate Stella Kuntz
Most influential person on my athletic career: My family and my coaches
Proudest athletic achievement: Being back-to-back state champions in the four-by-800-meter relay in track
How I got my start in cross country: “My sister wanted me to run with her.”
Future goal: To win the cross country state championship with my team