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The Gazette Girls' Cross Country Peak Performer: Katie Rainsberger, Air Academy

Sports: Gazette Preps : Cross County/ Track & Field Fri, Dec 12, 2014 - 4:20 AM 0

There's a momentary calm in the Rainsberger household - after a packed schedule of nonstop racing and training, 16-year-old Katie Rainsberger can sit at the dinner table and talk about everything except running. It's a...

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