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Mifflin County Announces New Head Boys’ Cross CountryCoach

Courtesy of MIfflin County Athletics

The Mifflin County Athletic Department is excited to announce the hiring of a new Boys Cross Country Coach for the upcoming Fall 2024 season.

Alex Monroe will replace long-time Head Coach Greg Loht, who has retired.

We are excited to bring a runner of his caliber in to lead the Boys Cross Country program into the future.  It is always great to see alumni come back to the area and contribute to the rich tradition of Mifflin County Athletics!

Coach Monroe graduated from Mifflin County in 2010.  He was All-State in Cross Country and Track & Field.  In Indoor Track & Field, he was runner-up in the 3k and in Outdoor Track &Field he placed 3rd in the 3200m.  His time of 9:07 still stands as the county record.

After graduation he attended Lock Haven University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science.  He was a 6 time All American and as a Cross Country Runner finished 3rd at Nationals. While at Lock Haven, he was a member of theJunior U.S. team and won a silver medal in the 10,000m at the Pan Am Games in 2011.

Upon graduating from Lock Haven, he moved to Boulder, CO to train full time.  During this time his athletic accomplishments include 2 US teams (medalist 2011 Junior Pan Am Games and 10th 2016 Great Edinburgh XC Challenge), 2 Olympic Trials (2016/2020), PRs of 13:36 for 5k, 28:17 for 10k, 1:01.50 for Half Marathon, and 2:14.15 for Marathon.

According to Coach Monroe, “It’s a full circle moment for me to give back to a program that gave so much to me. Mifflin County has a rich history in distance running, and that is a testament to the coaches and athletes before me. Greg Loht has worked quietly to develop good distance runners (and better people), and I believe he is one of the best in the business. My vision for the team is to build upon the already sturdy legs it has. Big shoes to fill means more room for growth, and I believe we have our best and most successful years ahead.”

 

 

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