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Shaler cross country star Schwartz sets WPIAL record

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Mike Love | Shaler Journal

It was not an easy decision for Shaler's Brianna Schwartz to forego races like the Red White and Blue Invitational early in the season, but the star runner had a bigger goal in mind.

“I found out what the WPIAL record was and I wanted to go for it,” Schwartz said. “I relay wanted to break my personal best too.”

Schwartz and her coach decided collectively to skip some early races and train instead.

“The idea was for me to have a longer season,” she said. “I was able to keep up the hard work. It was definitely hard to sit out those races. My record at the Red White and Blue was broken, but I knew it was about doing well at states.”

Schwartz logged a time of 17:52 at Coopers Lake Campground, a new WPIAL record.

“I felt like I had more strength and (our strategy) helped me take on those longer hills (at Coopers Lake).”

Schwartz said that the goal now is to stay healthy for states, which will take place on Nov. 2 at Hershey.

Also making a statement at the cross country championships was Vincentian Academy's Marianne Abdalah with a time of 18:20 earning gold in Double A.

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