Three generations participate in Treaty City Invitational

GREENVILLE – Three generations from the KcKinney family participated in Treaty City Invitational along with 1,437 cross country runners in the Greenville City Park this past Saturday.

Russia’s Chester McKinney, an OHSAA official was one of the officials on hand for the weekend event.

McKinney’s son, Bill McKinney was also at the meet coaching the Houston Wildcats Cross Country team and grandson, Kyle McKinney was competing for the Sidney Yellow Jackets junior high team.

Now in his 49th season officiating Ohio High School sports, McKinney along with other longtime OHSAA officials are looking to retire as some of the group has reached 80 years of age.

“There is nobody to take our place,” said McKinney. “I’ve been thinking about quitting for quite a while. I don’t know when I’m going to do it but when it gets to the point where you’re going to hurt the kids, it’s time to walk.”

“All sports need them,” McKinney noted of OHSAA officials. “It’s the same way in football and basketball. The young guys don’t want to do it and I don’t know why.”

McKinney enjoys officiation, stating – “it’s something to do.”

“Go into OHSAA.org,” McKinney stated. ”It’s on their website. It has all the stuff there that they need to officiate, but we just can’t get guys to do it.”

To learn more about becoming an OHSAA official, talk to a high school official or log onto: www.ohsaa.org/Officiating

PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville Varsity track and field coach Bill Plessinger (L) chats with OHSAA official Chester McKinney (R) at the Treaty City Invitational. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

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