Austin Pondel           NE Regional
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National Finish: 32 Time:16:00
Regional Finish: 10 Time:15:51

Hometown: Columbus, PA
High School: Corry Area High School
Grade: 12
Personal Records:
1600m: 4:33

1 mile:

2 mile:
3200m: 9:36
5000m: 15:32

Running Highlights:
  • CC Highlights
  • Track Highlights
  • CC Personal Bests
1x PIAA All-State
2x Footlocker Northeast All-Region 
2x PIAA District 10 All-District
3x PIAA Region 4 1st Team All-Region
2x PIAA District 10 All-District 
2x PIAA District 10 3200m runner-up 
3x PIAA Region 4 1st Team 3200m 
15:32, 5000m, Sharpsville Buhl Park 
15:36, 5000m, McDowell Brown's Farm 
15:37, 5000m, Union City Golf Course  

Hobbies: Hunting, watching Motorcycle Racing, Reading Biographies and Nonfiction

Person would most like to meet: Kenenisa Bekele

Hero: Chris Solinsky

Superstition: Wearing the same socks for each race.

Most influential person: My Dad





Austin Pondel
Overall feelings about the race: I planned to go out kind of hard and use my natural endurance to hopefully make it through the race. The first half was pretty good and I felt great but by the 2 mile mark I was maxed out and the last mile was a struggle.
Best part of the race:  The best part of the race was the first half when I was feeling good. Feeling good and being able to be in control of my own pace without struggling.
The FLCC Experience:  I really loved the experience of being treated like a King and the experience of being around the top high school runners in the nation.

Personal note:  I would like to thank my parents and family for supporting me. It takes a lot of time and traveling to be able to make it to this point. I would also like to thank my coach for setting up a hard training regiment that helps me believe in my abilities.