North Allegheny’s Zach Kinne leads 5 WPIAL runners on 3,200 medal podium at PIAAs

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Saturday, May 25, 2019 | 12:20 PM


SHIPPENSBURG — North Allegheny’s Zachary Kinne was running at Seth Grove Stadium, otherwise the state championship sure felt a lot like the WPIAL meet.

Five WPIAL runners finished among the Top 6 in the boys 3,200-meter run Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships led by Kinne, who ran a personal-best 9:01.94 to win. Mifflin County’s Chayce Macknair was second (9:07.88) followed by four WPIAL runners.

“It feels good to know I competed — and my team competed — in the toughest district in the state,” Kinne said. “It’s definitely a great confidence booster for the district as a whole to be able to see that.”

North Allegheny teammate Daniel McGoey was third, Mars’ Zachary Leachman was fourth, Greensburg Salem’s Cameron Binda was fifth and Fox Chapel’s Christian Fitch was sixth.

“It definitely eased my nerves a little bit knowing they were guys I raced against many times throughout the season,” Kinne said. “There were five WPIAL athletes on the podium. I knew their racing strategies so that helped me race against them.”

This was Kinne’s first time competing in the PIAA track championships. His family moved to the Pennsylvania from a Chicago suburb before this school year. He was the runner-up in the 3,200 meters at the Illinois state meet last year. He also was the PIAA runner-up in cross country last fall.

“It’s definitely an awesome experience,” Kinne said. “I’ve never won an outdoor track state championship individually. To be able to do it with a great time against some great runners, it definitely feels awesome.”

His winning time was more than a second faster than his previous personal best of 9:03.55 run last year at the Illinois track championship.

Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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