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Allison Kotouch Pane

Running ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

One of the most accomplished distance runners in Beaver County history, Allison Kotouch Pane was a record setting star in high school and college. She ran cross country and track as a schoolgirl at Ambridge, winning the WPIAL girls’ Class AAA cross country championship as a sophomore and reaching second in the state as a senior. Her two main track events were the 800 meter and 1600 meter runs. Allison won the WPIAL Class AAA title as a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior, and as a junior was state champion in the 1600. At the end of her high school career, she held several Beaver County and WPIAL records, and was Ambridge High School’s valedictorian in 1985. After high school, Allison moved to Eastern Kentucky University, where she was named to the All Ohio Valley Conference All Star teams in cross country and track and field each year from 1986 to 1989. She won the Ohio Valley Conference cross country championship and 5000 meter title as a freshman, and she was an Ohio Valley Conference Scholar Athlete from 1986 to 1989 and a GTE Academic All American in 1987. Before the 1984 state championship meet, Ambridge Coach Al Raggazini wrote Allison a note that read: “Congratulations for being No 1 at Ambridge Area High School, No 1 in Beaver County, and No 1 in Pennsylvania. I’m very proud of you.” Before the 1985 state championship, Raggazini told the Beaver County Times: “Kids like her come along once in a lifetime. Allison is the best distance runner ever in Beaver County. There is no comparison.”