Runner commits to Ivy League university

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

Senior Gwyneth Young committed to the University of Pennsylvania, to compete in cross-country and track & field, on Sept. 7.

 Young will be looking to earn her MBA in economics, with a focus in entrepreneurship or real estate, and possibly minor in German.

 “It feels crazy to be honest,” said Young. “It all happened too fast, but I’m so excited.”

 Young’s success granted her offers from UPenn, Harvard, Duke, Notre Dame, Temple, Oregon, and Michigan State.

 Young chose Penn for not only the athletic opportunity, but also the chance to learn at the Wharton School of Business.

 “I choose Penn because of all it had to offer,” said Young. “The coaches had so much excitement and faith in what I could become, and it felt like I was their friend from day one.”

 Young started her freshman year not being a stand-out competitor, but quickly bloomed into an incredible distance runner. Her growth throughout her high school years has been evident through her growing success.

 “Gwyneth’s transformation as a runner has been unparalleled,” said Coach Brandon Risser. “Through the simple, but not easy, process of hard work and determination, she uncovered her considerable talent as a distance runner.”

 Young’s work ethic both in and out of the running season is immense. Even with the COVID pandemic, Young kept up with her training and didn’t waste any time in improving her abilities.

 “Gwyneth has a work ethic like no other. Each and every day, she’s out there putting in the work to better herself,” said teammate Brenna Chernich. “She always has a positive attitude and you can tell how strong her desire to be the best runner she can be is.”

 Penn grants many opportunities for Young to excel further as a runner and showcase her skills on a national level.

 “I’m looking forward to being in a new environment and working my way up from a fresh start,” said Young. “I would like to work towards making the national meet and representing Penn.”

 With a senior season filled with uncertainty and commotion, Young plans to make the best of it.

 “I just want to see Gwyneth attack her senior year with confidence, and focus on racing with tremendous grit, toughness and determination,” said Risser, “As long as she keeps her focus on these things, I know that she will be proud of how she finishes her CCHS running career.”

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