High school notebook: Golden girl Brianna Schwartz leads WPIAL charge at PIAA track and field championships

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Brianna Schwartz smiled, but also frowned.

It was that kind of race.

Schwartz, a junior at Shaler and arguably the best distance runner in WPIAL history, added to her gold medal collection Saturday at the PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg University when she won the Class AAA 1,600-meter run for the second year in a row.

But she wanted more. She wanted a record.

Schwartz won in 4 minutes, 46.95 seconds. It was good enough for a gold medal, but it wasn't close to the PIAA record of 4:41.08, run by Upper Dublin's Kim Gallagher in 1981. Gallagher eventually ran in the Olympics.

Schwartz ran a 4:45.19 at the WPIAL championships on a wet track and a 4:42.58 in an indoor meet in the winter.

"It's bittersweet," said Schwartz, forcing a smile. "I got first place, but it's not the time I wanted."

Schwartz has a chance to become the first to win three consecutive 1,600 titles in the largest classification. North Allegheny sophomore Madeleine Davison was on Schwartz's heels, finishing in 4:47.06.

"I think what happened was I ran the first 200 [meters] way too fast," Schwartz said. "I ran that probably two seconds too fast. I felt it after that."

Double winners

Four athletes from the WPIAL were double winners in individual events.

• Vincentian senior Ally Bartoszewicz won the Class AA 100 in 12.28 seconds and the 200 in 24.72 seconds. She is the third WPIAL girl in the past 16 years to win the Class AA 100 and 200. Washington's Alyssa Wise did it a year ago and Rochester's Lauryn Williams, who went on to run in the Olympics, did it three times from 1999-2001.

For Bartoszewicz, a Notre Dame recruit, it capped off a memorable senior year. She also was a starter on Vincentian's girls basketball team that won a PIAA title.

• Beaver Falls sophomore Dom Peretta won the Class AA 800 in 1:54.01 and the 1,600 in 4:19.82. He is the second Beaver Falls boy to win a title in a distance race. Joe Waters won the 1,600 in 1988-89.

"I'm really not happy with the times," Peretta said. "I really wanted to break that 800 record [of 1.51.96]."

• Hempfield's Max Adams won the Class AAA shot put Saturday with a personal-best throw of 61-4¼, one day after winning the discus. Adams is the fifth WPIAL boy in the past 40 years to win the Class AAA shot put and discus.

"Winning the discus gave me a sense of relief and this [shot put] gives me a sense of accomplishment. It gives me a lot of confidence going to college," said Adams, a Wake Forest recruit.

• Hempfield's Maddie Holmberg won the 300 hurdles Saturday after winning the long jump Friday.

Them again

Fort Cherry senior Jenna Lucas and California senior Kailyn Clancy won Class AA titles for the second year in a row. Lucas is in elite company after winning the javelin with a throw of 153-5. She is the fourth WPIAL girl to win back-to-back titles in either Class AA or AAA.

"Last year when I won I was so excited because I was young and only a junior," said Lucas, who will throw next year at Central Florida. "To come back this year and win it again is incredible."

Clancy won the shot put with a throw of 45-6¾.


• Gateway's Montae Nicholson won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.02 and also ran a leg on Gateway's winning 400 relay team with Kevin Jeter, Jae'Len Means and Cameron Gray. Nicholson, Means and Gray also were part of the 400 relay team that won a year ago.

• Riverside's Austin Sheridan won the Class AA discus with a throw of 168-10. He is only the third Riverside boy to win a PIAA title. The others were P.J. Alouise (1999 javelin) and Charles Kotuby (1967 mile).

• Riverside's won the Class AA 1,600 relay with a team of brothers Matt and Aaron Tedys, Marcel Cleckley and Zach Gould.

• Hempfield's Bridget Guy won the Class AAA pole vault by clearing 12-6. Guy, a senior who will attend the University of Virginia, finished second at the WPIAL championships a week ago with a height of 11-6. Guy also ran a leg on Hempfield's winning 400 relay team, along with Holmberg, Gabby Holmberg and Jasmine Jones.

• Washington won the Class AA boys 3,200 relay. The team consisted of D'Heaven Kelley, Ben Heim, Quorteze Levy and DeQuay Isbell.

Medal count

It was a good year for the WPIAL as the league won championships in 15 individual events after not having more than 10 in each of the past four years. The high water mark for the WPIAL in the past 25 years was 19 winners in 1990. The WPIAL had only three winners in 1994.

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