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Norwin's Pine to run track at Pitt-Johnstown

Doug Gulasy | Norwin Star
Norwin senior Kyle Pine poses with his commitment letter to compete in track and field at Pitt-Johnstown on March 27, 2014, in the Norwin High School library. In back, from left, are parents Brian and Rebecca Pine, Norwin track and field coach Trinity Morgan and track and field assistant coach Thom Swenson.

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Kyle Pine's parents and brother all attended the University of Pittsburgh's main campus in Oakland, and he'll carry on the family tradition at one of the university's branch campuses.

Pine, a senior at Norwin, signed last week to run indoor and outdoor track at Pitt-Johnstown.

“My entire family went to Pitt, and I just really liked the coach,” Pine said. “He's cool.”

The sprinter for Norwin's track and field team said Pitt-Johnstown originally contacted him last summer. He began the recruiting process then and ended up receiving more than 100 offers from schools, choosing Pitt-Johnstown over other finalists Geneva, Grove City and Westminster.

Pine said he narrowed down his list based on location and available majors, and a visit to Pitt-Johnstown solidified his decision.

“I really liked the campus,” Pine said. “It's really homey. The team I liked because they were all really nice. The one girl almost hugged me, so (it was like) family.”

Pitt-Johnstown added the men's indoor and outdoor track and field program in July 2013 as the Mountain Cats prepared to enter the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference. The Mountain Cats competed at several invitationals during the indoor season but did not compile a team score.

Pine said it was exciting to join such a young program.

“It is (nice) because I'm coming in and they're expecting a lot of me,” he said. “It's something to strive for.”

While he said he wasn't sure which events he would run at Pitt-Johnstown, he hoped to make an early impact in the 100-meter dash and 400-meter relay. In his final season at Norwin, Pine said he hoped to drop his times in the 100.

He anticipates a lot of running in preparation for his collegiate career.

“Last year, I went nonstop,” Pine said. “I'm probably going to do the same thing this year. I'll probably take a week off and then just go back right in it.”

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5830, via email at dgulasy@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.

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