Harvey Kane began high school in California and was just getting his feet wet in track and field.
He ended high school in Pennsylvania as a state champion.
It's been quite a ride for Kane, an Upper St. Clair senior who won a PIAA Class 3A title in the long jump last Saturday at Shippensburg University. Kane became Upper St. Clair's first PIAA gold medalist since Rob Rankin won the shot put title in 2004.
Kane was again Mr. Clutch. At this year's state indoor championships, Kane used a big jump in his final attempt to win the gold medal. He did the same thing Saturday. In fourth place through five of the six jumps, Kane unleashed a leap of 23-0 ¼ to claim the crown. Williamsport's Qayyim Ali was second (22-10 ¼). Two other WPIAL jumpers placed: WPIAL champion Ayden Owens of North Allegheny was seventh (21-8 ½) and Bethel Park's Zach Taylor was eighth (21-7).
Kane, the runner-up at WPIALs his final two seasons, moved to the area from Carmichael, Calif. prior to his junior year. He will compete at Duquesne University next season.
One other Upper St. Clair athlete medaled at the PIAA championships. Junior Savannah Shaw finished fifth in the 1,600.