DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s cross country team welcomes the 2019-20 recruiting class, receiving commitments from two student-athletes on National Signing Day.
Zach Kinne, a native of Sewickley, Penn., comes to Duke from North Allegheny High School, where he spent the final year of his prep career. This past fall, Kinne led his team to the Pennsylvania State Championship in cross country with a second-place individual finish in that meet. Prior to attending North Allegheny, Kinne was one of the top distance runners in Illinois at Neuqua Valley. In the spring of his junior year at Neuqua Valley, Kinne clocked a personal-best time of 9:03.55 for the 3,200m at the state championships, securing second. He also owns a personal-best time of 4:14.52 in the 1,600m.
“A runner-up in the Illinois state meet 3200 as a junior, Zach moved to Pennsylvania this summer and has been dominant in XC in his new state this fall. He captured the Paul Short Invitational in 15:24 for 5,000 meters. He will be one of our very best distance runners in the class of 2019.”
Owen MacKenzie, a native of Los Altos Hills, Calif., comes to Duke from Los Altos High School, having enjoyed great success on the track. MacKenzie posted a personal-best time of 9:07.95 for the 3,200m at the 2018 CCS Championship meet, taking home a first-place victory. He also owns a personal-best time of 4:19.40 in the 1,600m. In cross country, MacKenzie as a junior was named to the First Team All-NorCal team, leading his Los Altos squad to the state championship with an individual second-place finish at the CCS Division I race.
“CIF Central Coast Section champion in the 3,200m, Owen’s 9:07.95 ranks him among the top returners in California. He is another solid addition to the Duke men’s distance squad in 2019.”