Mia Cochran, a junior at Moon Area High School, was the 2020 cross country WPIAL and PIAA AAA champion. She also won the WPIAL and PIAA cross country championship in 2019.
“It has been exciting to see Mia mature as a runner over the past few years,” said Coach Timothy Hrivnak. “After finishing 7th in the state as a freshman, and now going back-to-back years as the state champion, Mia will look to drop a huge exclamation point on her high school career next season while trying to become the first consecutive 3-peat champion in AAA in state history.”
Mia has been running for six years. Coach Hrivnak describes her as a student of the sport. Mia is always learning and developing as an athlete. Not only is she a highly focused runner, she also prioritizes academics.
“Mia has an ability to direct her focus on the task at hand and block everything else out to perform at the highest level, whether in academics or athletics,” explained Coach Hrivnak.
As a highly competitive athlete, Mia really pushed herself to ensure she was able to claim the state champion title back-to-back. Her dedication and hard work paid off!
“It feels amazing that I was able to repeat as the WPIAL and state champion this year,” said Mia. “Words can’t describe how excited I was after my race and I’m still so happy that I was able to run!”
Coach Hrivnak added, “It's just a real blessing to be a part of the journey along-side an elite runner like Mia.”
Congratulations on this outstanding accomplishment, Mia!