Athlete of the Week – Kylie Knavish
Name: Kylie Knavish
School: Peters Township
Knavish’s week: Knavish was the Track MVP at the Washington-Greene County Coaches Track Meet at Peters Township Saturday. Knavish helped the Indians win the Class AAA team title by finishing first in the three distance runs.
Knavish held off a hard-charging Carlye Moore of Bentworth in the 800 run, crossing the finish line in 2:26.40. In the 1,600 run, Knavish crossed first in 5:28.10, seven seconds ahead of Madison Grudi of Canon-McMillan. Knavish was dominant in the 3,200, earning a 28-second win over teammate Chloe Grzyb with a 10:59.80.
On the move: Because of her father’s work with PPG, Knavish has moved quite a few times. She has lived in three states – Georgia, Michigan and now Pennsylvania – and spent time in Australia, in a suburb just outside Melbourne.
“I’m used to moving,” she said. “I enjoy meeting different types of people,”
Knavish was not as dominating in cross country, but that was because the courses in Pennsylvania are more hilly than the ones at her previous school in Clarkston, Mich.
Adding to the tradition: Peters Township has produced some outstanding distance runners and Knavish looks to be the next in line. Maybe the best-known distance runners from Peters Township – Kathy Knabb and Jessica Perry – are record-holders in the county coaches meet.
Knabb holds the record in the 800 run at 2:20.3 and Perry has the 1,600 (5:11.5) and 3,200 (11:00.5).
Knavish has hit 5:08 in the 1,600 this season but the cold weather stopped her from challenging the county coaches meet record. She has finished in 2:23 in the 800 and 11:23 in the 3,200 for career bests.
“For a girl miler, the magical mark is 5:00,” said PT coach Justin Pinto. “Her best is 5:08, and I think she is going to be right around that mark this year. The two-mile is something she hasn’t run a lot, but she turned in great times.”
If Knavish is under pressure to produce, she doesn’t show it. She is outgoing and supportive of her teammates. On the track, she runs with a smooth and easy form not found in many distance runners.
“My goals are to break 5:00 in the mile, 2:20 in the 800 and 11:00 in the 3,200,” she said. “I just have to work hard at it.”
Compiled by Joe Tuscano