(Photo: Norwin's Autumn Greba came away with the WPIAL Class AAA 1,600-meter run title Thursday at Baldwin. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette.)
"Norwin senior Autumn Greba knew coming into the WPIAL individual championships Thursday at Baldwin that if she wanted a chance at winning the Class AAA 1,600-meter championship, it would take the race of her life.
Greba didn't just pull it off, she turned in one of the best performances in WPIAL history.
Greba finished the race in 4 minutes, 52.41 seconds, shattering the WPIAL championship record of 4:56.77, set a year ago by North Hills' Margo Malone.
Malone was back to defend her title, and she actually bested her record-setting time, finishing in 4:55.14. But it wasn't enough to beat Greba.
"It's definitely unexpected," Greba said. "I'm amazed still."
Greba's mark not only set a championship record, but also was the second-best time in any WPIAL meet. She is second only to Baldwin's Carole Zajac, who ran a 4:51.6 in 1990. Zajac is one of the greatest distance runners in WPIAL history and won NCAA championships at Villanova."