Scholar Athlete: Zachary Winnicki of Lancaster

Running has been part of Zach Winnicki’s life for years.

“Running was such a good escape for me,” Winnicki said.

the eldest in Lancaster finds peace on the trail with each passing mile.

“Running is more mentally tiring but it’s also mentally liberating”

And that mental clarity helps him live on and off the track. Winnicki ranks 14th in her class out of 412 students with a 4.0 GPA and just set the school record in the 3,200 meters in January.

“Going for a run changed my perspective on a lot of things in my life,” Winnicki said.

Winnicki intends to enter the medical field when he graduates. The interest came from watching his sister Anna. She was born with Down syndrome and seeing other doctors helping her brother inspired her.

“A lot of my early years were spent dating, a lot of us were at Strong’s Hospital in Rochester having various surgeries, various appointments just helping him to be the best person she can be and that has really instilled in me how important it is to help others and I want to do the same for others as they did for my sister,” said he declared.

And maybe one day he can be the one to help people like they helped his sister.

“I just remember sitting in the hospital and thinking I wanted to do this for people. I want to be the one who instills change in people’s lives,” he said.

But for now, he will continue to pound the pavement. Take one step at a time to achieve your goals. He knows that success on the road comes from more than meets the eye. to the road right now.

“You’re not going to get into college on what’s on your feet, it’s on what’s between your ears.”

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