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Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Washington’s Alyssa Wise (center) wins and sets a new record in the girls Class AA 100-meter dash during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Washington’s Alyssa Wise (center) wins and sets a new record in the girls Class AA 100-meter dash during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Shaler's Brianna Schwartz leads the girls Class AAA 1,600-meter run during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School. She won the event and broke her own meet record.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Shaler's Brianna Schwartz leads the girls Class AAA 1,600-meter run during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School. She won the event and broke her own meet record.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Gateway's Montae Nicholson places second in the boys Class AAA 110-meter hurdles during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Gateway's Montae Nicholson places second in the boys Class AAA 110-meter hurdles during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Ryan Louther of Indiana leads the field in the first heat of the boys Class AAA 1,600-meter run during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Ryan Louther of Indiana leads the field in the first heat of the boys Class AAA 1,600-meter run during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Shafer Swann of Central Catholic hits the sand pit in the boys Class AAA long jump during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Shafer Swann of Central Catholic hits the sand pit in the boys Class AAA long jump during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Maddie Holmberg of Hempfield wins the girls Class AAA 100-meter hurdles during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Maddie Holmberg of Hempfield wins the girls Class AAA 100-meter hurdles during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Jordan Giest of Knoch competes in the boys Class AAA shot put during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Jordan Giest of Knoch competes in the boys Class AAA shot put during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Mt. Lebanon's Troy Apke wins the boys 100-meter run during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Mt. Lebanon's Troy Apke wins the boys 100-meter run during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Max Adams of Hempfield won the boys Class AAA shot put during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Max Adams of Hempfield won the boys Class AAA shot put during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Monta Lawson of Greensburg Salem competes in the boys Class AAA shot put during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Monta Lawson of Greensburg Salem competes in the boys Class AAA shot put during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Taylor McCorkle of Oakland Catholic wins the girls Class AAA 100-meter dash during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Taylor McCorkle of Oakland Catholic wins the girls Class AAA 100-meter dash during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Matthew Bernadowski wins the boys Class AAA 110-meter hurdles during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Matthew Bernadowski wins the boys Class AAA 110-meter hurdles during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Emily Lelis of Springdale wins the girls Class AA 100-meter hurdles during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Emily Lelis of Springdale wins the girls Class AA 100-meter hurdles during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - West Mifflin's Jimmy Wheeler competes in the boys Class AAA long jump during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Mifflin's Jimmy Wheeler competes in the boys Class AAA long jump during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Jeff Van Kooten of Central Catholic and Nathan Sloan of Hampton battle in the last stretch of the boys Class AAA 1,600-meter run during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Jeff Van Kooten of Central Catholic and Nathan Sloan of Hampton battle in the last stretch of the boys Class AAA 1,600-meter run during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Jeff Van Kooten of Central Catholic and Nathan Sloan of Hampton battle in the last stretch of the boys Class AAA 1,600-meter run during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Jeff Van Kooten of Central Catholic and Nathan Sloan of Hampton battle in the last stretch of the boys Class AAA 1,600-meter run during the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin High School.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout throws the javelin during the WPIAL championships on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Baldwin High School. Wiltrout placed first with a throw of 141-7.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout throws the javelin during the WPIAL championships on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Baldwin High School. Wiltrout placed first with a throw of 141-7.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout reacts to a javelin throw during the WPIAL championships Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Baldwin High School. Wiltrout won the event with a throw of 141 feet, 7 inches.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Connellsville's Madison Wiltrout reacts to a javelin throw during the WPIAL championships Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Baldwin High School. Wiltrout won the event with a throw of 141 feet, 7 inches.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Freeport's Cole Hepler throws the javelin during the WPIAL championships on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Baldwin High School. Hepler placed fourth with a throw of 155-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Freeport's Cole Hepler throws the javelin during the WPIAL championships on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Baldwin High School. Hepler placed fourth with a throw of 155-4.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Hempfield's Jasmine Jones competes in the 400 meters during the WPIAL championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin. Jones won with a time of 57.93 seconds.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Hempfield's Jasmine Jones competes in the 400 meters during the WPIAL championships Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Baldwin. Jones won with a time of 57.93 seconds.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Gateway's Kristen Greggerson reacts to her far discus throw during the WPIAL championships on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Baldwin High School. Greggerson placed second with a throw of 121-4.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Gateway's Kristen Greggerson reacts to her far discus throw during the WPIAL championships on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Baldwin High School. Greggerson placed second with a throw of 121-4.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - Baldwin's Luke Smorey throws the javelin during the WPIAL championships on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Baldwin High School. Smorey won with a throw of 193-1.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Baldwin's Luke Smorey throws the javelin during the WPIAL championships on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Baldwin High School. Smorey won with a throw of 193-1.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review - West Mifflin's Deilona DeVaughn throws the discus during the WPIAL championships on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Baldwin High School. DeVaughn won with a throw of 128-1.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Steph Chambers  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>West Mifflin's Deilona DeVaughn throws the discus during the WPIAL championships on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Baldwin High School. DeVaughn won with a throw of 128-1.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014, 9:36 p.m.
 

With a hurt hamstring and rainy weather, Washington sprinter Alyssa Wise had plenty stacked against her.

Yet, she broke a record held by a WPIAL legend.

Wise won the Class AA girls 100 meters in 11.95 seconds at the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday, breaking a meet record set in 2001 by Rochester's Lauryn Williams (12.04), an Olympic medalist.

“I'm so excited right now, I can't even describe it,” said Wise, who is the defending WPIAL and PIAA champion in the 100 and 200 meters. “I didn't expect to perform this well today.”

Her week of uncertainty made it more impressive. She strained her hamstring last week in the WPIAL individual qualifier at South Side Beaver. Her availability for the championship was iffy until Thursday.

“I wasn't expected to run today,” she said, “but I sucked it up and ran.”

Wise finished ahead of Vincentian's Ally Bartoszewicz (12.20) and New Brighton's Essence Barron (12.76). The winning mark wasn't Wise's personal best; she ran 11.8 in last year's state championship.

“I was kind of doubtful (she would run), because she wasn't moving too good,” Washington sprints coach Rich Barnes said. “She did well today. It was just a matter of how well she could endure the pain. It was kind of sore, but she had a great performance.”

Shaler junior Brianna Schwartz, the WPIAL's premiere distance runner, also set a championship meet record in 1,600. Steady rain fell throughout the afternoon, but her run came during a short break.

“It cleared up right before we started,” said Schwartz, who finished in 4:45.19. “One of the officials said the mile must be God's favorite event.”

Elizabeth Forward's Matthew Bernadowski set a Class AAA record in the 110 hurdles (14.00), ahead of Gateway's Montae Nicholson (14.08).

Hempfield's Max Adams, West Mifflin's Deilona DeVaughn and California's Kailyn Clancy each were double winners in the discus and shot put. Brownsville's Maris Seto won the Class AA girls high jump and triple jump.

Springdale's Emily Lelis (14.51) won the Class AA hurdles for the fourth consecutive year.

Competition was paused several times while heavy rain fell. About 7:30 p.m., the meet was halted with nine events unfinished and postponed until 10 a.m. Saturday. The pole vault, 200, 800, 3,200, 300 intermediate hurdles and 1,600 relay were not yet held.

“I was really worried about the intermediate hurdles,” said Baldwin coach Ed Helbig, a WPIAL track committee member and the site coordinator. “When you have kids going over barriers in the rain like it was, it's a liability issue.”

Some long and triple jump finals also were not completed because the landing pits had become waterlogged.

“This afternoon it wasn't too bad, but we had that burst come through at about 4:30 p.m.,” Helbig said. “That just crushed us.”

A number of coaches believed the event never should have started.

“We've run in bad weather, but this should not have gone on,” Gateway coach Tom LaBuff said. “It's very rare that the weather report says 100 percent chance. Every other district canceled. These kids worked their tails off all year. They come here and are supposed to try to make times and distances in this crap.”

The top four finishers in Class AAA and top five in Class AA automatically qualify for the PIAA championship meet May 23-24 at Shippensburg. Anyone in the top eight who meets the state standard also qualifies, but there were few because of the weather.

“We knew we had 20 proms (Friday) night and 11 proms Saturday night,” said Tom Norris, a WPIAL track committee member. “We tried to stay away from them, but Mother Nature didn't bless us today.”

Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at charlan@tribweb.com or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.

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