It was only two weeks ago that Ally Bartoszewicz won a state championship in basketball. It didn't take her long to find her track legs.
Bartoszewicz, a senior at Vincentian and a starting guard on the Royals PIAA Class A championship basketball team, won the 100- and 200-meter dashes Saturday at the Tri-State Track Coaches Association championships at West Mifflin. The meet is one of the biggest of the early track and field season and drew some of the best athletes in the WPIAL.
It was the second consecutive weekend Bartoszewicz won two titles at an invitational. Last weekend, she won the 100 and 200 at the South Hills Classic.
"I kind of eased my way back into track," said Bartoszewicz, a Notre Dame track recruit. "But I didn't expect the transition to be this fast."
Bartoszewicz won the 100 in 12.74 seconds and the 200 in 25.67. She beat a host of sprinters from much bigger schools. Hempfield's Jasmine Jones finished second in both events.
"It's definitely a good feeling because there was so much good competition," Bartoszewicz said.
Bartoszewicz was one of two girls to win two events. Mt. Lebanon's Claire Dougherty won the 400 in 1:00.84 and the 800 in 2:23.25.
The only double winner in boys events is known more for football. Gateway's Montae Nicholson won the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.55 and the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 1½ inches. His hurdles time is close to the 14.39 that he ran to win the WPIAL Class AAA title last year.
Nicholson signed with Michigan State in February to play football. But he also said he will compete in track and field for the Spartans.
Another football recruit won the 100. Mt. Lebanon's Troy Apke is a Penn State recruit who finished first in 11.35 seconds.
In other meet highlights, Ringgold's Bailey Cooper was first in the 100 hurdles and second in the 300. California's Kailyn Clancy won the shot put and finished second in the discus. West Mifflin's Kevin Garbark was first in the 200 and second in the 100.