Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kiski Area's Kennedy Star of Stars

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kiski Area's Kennedy Star of Stars

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Kiski Area's Brent Kennedy, the runner-up on the same Cooper's Lake Course a week earlier at the Tri-State Coaches Invitational, won in a three-way battle with Fox Chapel's Ethan Martin and Taylor Allderdice's Ean DiSilvio Thursday to win the WPIAL Class AAA cross- country championship.

The race went pretty much the way Kennedy expected it to go, and he took the title with a time of 15 minutes, 59 seconds thanks mostly to his strong finishing kick over the final 200 meters.

"I figured Martin and DiSilvio would be out there [with me]," said Kennedy, a junior who gradually put some distance between himself and Martin, who finished second in 16:04, and DiSilvio, who placed third in 16:13.

The trio was on its own after about two miles of the 3.1-mile race.

"There's a hill right there [at two miles], and that's where we broke away," Kennedy said. "It's similar to how things went at Tri- States. That experience [running at the Tri-State meet] helped there."

Meanwhile, the North Allegheny boys team won its eighth WPIAL title in a row.

The Tigers had no runners in the top five, but had five among the top 14 to run away with the team championship with 50 points. Fox Chapel, with two runners in the top five was second with 136 points. Mt. Lebanon and Hampton both had 175 points, but the Blue Devils earned the trip to the state meet as their sixth and seventh runners finished ahead of their Hampton counterparts.

The top three teams in each classification earned a trip to the state meet Nov. 3 in Hershey.

"The guys really ran well," said John Neff, who has coached North Allegheny to its past four WPIAL titles, "but there's a lot more fast running to do."

North Allegheny's five runners finished within 17 seconds of each other, with seventh-place Josh Zemet leading the way in 16:32.

Sophomore Brianna Schwartz of Shaler and North Hills junior Mary Malone broke away from the rest of the Class AAA girls field at about the halfway mark, and Schwartz cruised to a 24-second victory against Malone to win in 18:32. …

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