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Shaffer repeats with top time

Lauren Shaffer

Name: Lauren Shaffer

School: Portage

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Cross country

Athlete of the week achievement: Shaffer won her second District 6 1A championship and set a personal record, with a time of 18:56.

Season update: Shaffer will compete in the PIAA Class 1A individual championship race on Saturday in Hershey.

Coach Lance Hudak’s quote: “Lauren made a plan for Saturday’s race and followed it perfectly, winning her second district championship and setting an elite-level PR in the process. A four-sport standout and at the top of her class academically, she is already one of the most accomplished student-athletes this area has ever produced.”

Favorite subject: Biology

Favorite movie: “Dirty Dancing”

Favorite food: Swiss steaks

Favorite song: “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I

Outside interests: Baking, hanging with my friends and walking my dog

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Favorite college team: Pitt

Pro athlete most admired: Josh Harrison

Best athlete I ever competed against: Central Cambria’s Stella Kuntz

Most influential person on my athletic career: My parents, Phillip and Jennifer

Proudest athletic achievement: Getting second in the state in cross country my freshman year

How I got my start in cross country: “I used to run local 5K’s in Portage and kept doing them from there.”

Future goal: Go to college and hopefully continue running

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