Vincentian Academy's Ally Bartoszewicz celebrated with teammates Kayla Key and Maia Joiner this winter when they won a state basketball title in Hershey.
Now, she wants them to celebrate again. This time in Shippensburg.
“It's so cool that our basketball team was able to transition into these relay teams,” said the senior sprinter who will run four events Friday and Saturday at the PIAA track and field championship, including two relays with her title-winning basketball teammates.
Bartoszewicz, Key and Joiner are members of Vincentian Academy's 400 and 1,600 relay teams. Each lineup could win a state medal.
Rachel Shubert completes the 400-meter foursome, which is seeded ninth among Class AA girls. Marianne Abdallah runs the 1,600 relay, seeded fifth. The PIAA awards medals to the first eight finishers.
“We have so much fun together,” Bartoszewicz said.
Yet her best chance for gold will be by herself. She has the state's best 200-meter time among Class AA girls at 24.99 seconds. Harrisburg Christian's Nicole Leonzo ranks second (25.40), and Central Columbia's Ellen Shepard (25.67) is third.
Bartoszewicz is among 17 individuals or teams from the WPIAL who enter this weekend's meet as a No. 1 seed. The WPIAL had only eight No. 1 seeds in last year's state championship.
“I don't put too much weight in that (designation),” she said. “I believe that doesn't mean anything once you're on the track with those girls. I try not to think about it and just run my race.”
Beaver Falls runner Domenic Peretta ranks first in two events: the Class AA boys 800 and 1,600.
Seeded first in the girls Class AAA 1,600 meters, Shaler's Brianna Schwartz (4:45.19) could threaten a state record set in 1981 by Upper Dublin's Kim Gallagher (4:41.08).
California thrower Kailyn Clancy has the best Class AA girls shot put mark for the second consecutive year.
Bartoszewicz, who will run in college for Notre Dame, was seeded first last year in the 200 and finished third. She'll be making her third trip to Shippensburg.
“I've learned to expect that everybody brings their top performance to states,” she said, “so you can't take anyone for granted. Everyone's talented there.”
But she's certainly among the best.
Bartoszewicz has the second-best Class AA time in the 100 meters (12.20) behind only Washington's Alyssa Wise (11.95), the defending state champion.
Wise also won the 200 last year, when Bartoszewicz was third. But a hamstring injury kept Wise from qualifying for the 200 this year. Last year's runner-up graduated, leaving Bartoszewicz in solid position to contend.
“It takes a lot (to win),” she said, “but that is my ultimate goal.”
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