PIAA State Cross Country Championships

Carlisle’s Noah Affolder reacts just before crossing the finish line to win the PIAA Class 3A Boys Cross Country Championship held Saturday at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey.

Matthew O’Haren, For The Sentinel

Every Monday night for the rest of the high school year, our sports staff will name a Sentinel Athlete of the Week featuring one area athlete who stood out on the field.

This week is Carlisle senior cross country runner Noah Affolder. Affolder and the rest of the Thundering Herd took home second place in the PIAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

And while that’s impressive in itself, Affolder individually beat out hundreds of other runners to claim the championship in the Class 3A race with a time of 15:33.

Q: What are your keys to success as a runner?

A: Stay focused mentally and don’t do anything that would hinder my abilities.

Q: What hobbies do you have outside of your sport?

A: Playing frisbee and basketball.

Q: Who inspires you the most in life?

A: My girlfriend. She just encourages me and doesn’t let me slack off.

Q: What would be your dream job?

A: A professional runner.

Q: You’ve been all over the country. Where has been your favorite place to live?

A: Alaska because of the animals — the moose and black bears because they were in my backyard every day.

Email Mallory at mmerda@cumberlink.com or follow her on Twitter @MalloryMerda

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