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Eagle Scout takes on fitness project

Corbett begins work on building a home course for cross country

THE OUTLOOK: JOSH KULLA - Corbett senior Aaron Pettingill got approval to begin work on a fitness trail on the high school campus. Corbett High School's athletic fields are undergoing a facelift thanks to the persistent efforts of Eagle Scout Aaron Pettingill — a senior on the Cardinals' cross country team.

The school's cross country team has gained in popularity under the guidance of Dennis Spencer, who is entering his third season as head coach with the program. Despite fielding more athletes, the Cardinals are without a home course.

“We've never had a course, but it's a fantastic setting with a great combination of hills and straightaways, along with great visibility for those watching,” Spencer said. “The kids have been quite enthusiastic about the idea of hosting a meet.”

Enter Pettingill.

The senior put together a proposal and presented it to the school board last spring, resulting in $4,000 to begin work on an approximately mile-long wood chip fitness trail that travels in a Figure 8 through the school's athletic fields.

“Aaron is a very intelligent kid who has a great heart and wants to help improve the fitness of the community through affordable physical fitness,” Spencer said.

Pettingill and a crew of volunteers broke ground on the Eagle Scout project last weekend putting down gravel, drainage and wood chips along a 250-meter stretch on the east end of campus.

“There are some sizable sections that don't need a lot of restoration. The goal is to create something comparable to the Glendoveer fitness loop. We want this to be something great not just for the cross country and track programs, but also for the community to use as a safe place to exercise,” Spencer said.

The trail is being completed in stages as funds become available and won't be ready for competition this fall, Spencer said.

Corbett sent a pair of runners to state last season, highlighted by junior Luke Davis winning the 2014 Tri-Valley Conference title.

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