WPIAL Girls Track & Field Championships: Schwartz, Wise still reign supreme
May 15, 2014 11:29 PM
Shaler’s Brianna Schwartz finishes the 1,600-meter run ahead of North Allegheny’s Madeleine Davison to win the WPIAL championship with a time of 4 minutes, 45.19 seconds.
By Mike White / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
No, Shaler's Brianna Schwartz and Washington's Alyssa Wise don't have some divine power to walk on water.
But they do run pretty well on the wet stuff.
On an absolutely horrible day for a track meet Thursday, Schwartz and Wise went splish-splash around the track at Baldwin High School in record fashion. Was that water coming off their heels or was it smoke?
Schwartz, a junior, added to her reputation as the best distance runner in WPIAL history when she won the Class AAA 1,600-meter run with a championship-meet record time of 4 minutes, 45.19 seconds.
Whose record did she beat? Her own. She ran a 4:47.07 last year.
Meanwhile, Wise, a senior, won the Class AA 100-meter dash and pushed aside a Western Pennsylvania sprinting legend. Wise won with a meet-record time of 11.95 seconds, bettering the mark of 12.04, set 13 years ago by Rochester's Lauryn Williams. Yes, the Lauryn Williams who eventually sprinted her way into the Olympics a few times.
The performances of Schwartz and Wise were two of the main story lines of a meet that was suspended at night because of the rain. About half of the running events and a few field events will be contested Saturday morning at Baldwin, beginning at 10 a.m.
"It was hard to get excited to run in weather like this. You just wanted to get through it," Schwartz said.
Earlier this spring, Schwartz ran the 1,600 in 4:45.43 seconds, the best mark in the WPIAL in any meet. She just missed that time Thursday, despite the rain. She has the best 800 and 3,200 times in WPIAL history.
"I'm pretty happy," she said. "I knew the times wouldn't be as fast with the rain. ... It actually stopped raining and cleared up a little right before the race started. The one official said because the mile [1,600] is God's favorite race."
Schwartz also is supposed to compete in the 800, which will be run Saturday. But she said she is not sure if she will run the event.
Wise still will compete in the 200 final Saturday. She won the 100 for the third year in a row and beat Vincentian's Ally Bartoszewicz for the second consecutive year. Bartoszewicz finished in 12.20.
Bartoszewicz also is Wise's chief competition in the 200. Wise won the 200 as a sophomore, but finished second to Bartoszewicz last year.
In other highlights from the girls championships, West Mifflin's Deilona DeVaughn and California's Kailyn Clancy were double winners in the shot put and discus. DeVaughn won the Class AAA shot put with a throw of 39 feet, 10 inches and the discus with a mark of 128-1.
Clancy swept the Class AA shot put and discus for the second consecutive year. She won the shot put with a throw of 45-6½ and the discus with a mark of 118-8.
The rain definitely affected both events.
"Actually holding onto the discus was the hardest thing," Clancy said. "My throws weren't very good, but they were good enough to win."
Brownsville's Maris Seto was a double winner in the Class AA triple jump and high jump. She won the triple jump with a leap of 34-11½ and the high jump at 5-3. Her sister, Alie, finished sixth in the high jump with a mark of 4-8.
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