Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Seneca Valley's Forrest Barnes, North Hills' Shannon Malone
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School: Seneca Valley
Sport: Track and field
Claim to fame: A Citadel football recruit, Barnes won a gold medal in the 100 meters and 400-meter relay, and also took silver in the 200 meters at the Mars Invitational on Friday. Barnes, also a football standout, ran the 100 in 10.97, edging West Middlesex's Clay Allen and Raiders' teammate Jon Dorogy.
How do you feel you performed at the Mars Invitational?
I think it was the high point of my season so far. I'm just happy that the hard work paid off, and hopefully it leads to more in the future.
What are your expectations for the Baldwin Invitational on Friday?
I want to win the 100 and the 200. I won the 100 there last year. Also, I want to see how our relay team can do against heavy competition.
Has The Citadel given you any indication as to what your role will be as a freshman?
The only expectation they have for me basically is to be ready. No position is promised to anyone anywhere. I just have to go down this summer and work hard. They've stressed be ready to come in whenever they need you.
Would you feel comfortable if The Citadel decides to redshirt you?
Just like anybody, everybody wants to go out and play. If they redshirt me, they're just saying they want to develop me physically and mentally. I'm just going to go in and do the best that I can do.
Which major do you hope to pursue in college?
I'm going to study sports management and administration. When I get older, I want to become an athletic director or anything in the sports field. Sports is in my blood, and it's something I love.
School: North Hills
Sport: Track and field
Claim to fame: Malone won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Mars Invitational on Friday. Malone, who suffered a fractured foot during the cross country season, edged her younger sister, Mary, with times of 4:56.77 in the 1,600 and 10:52 in the 3,200 in her first invitational of the season.
Rate your performance at the Mars Invitational.
I thought it was good. It was one of the first races I've competed in since I came back. I was happy to get under five (minutes) and 11.
How were you able to recover from a fracture in your foot?
I did a lot of physical therapy and cross training with the swim team. That helped a lot. I also did a lot of biking and strength training.
Have you decided where you'll go to college?
I'm going to the University of Virginia. I'm really excited. I've been counting down the days.
Was it bittersweet having to beat your sister to take first in each race?
Yes. We work together, and I have to say she's been doing amazing this season. It's strange to race your sisters, but it helps you compete and get stronger.
Speaking of sisters, your sister Margo is at Syracuse. Is there a bit of a sibling rivalry between you three?
There's definitely a bit of a rivalry. We're all supportive and competitive. It's weird, but also nice knowing you're sisters are there with you. It makes us all better.
— Brian Graham
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