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THE WINNER: Brianna Schwartz
School: Shaler Area (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Event: Distance running
Athletic achievement: She won the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:46.95 at the Class AAA state championship meet this spring. Also the state indoor champion in the mile, Schwartz posted season-best outdoor times of 4:45.19 in the 1,600 and 10:10.03 in the 3,200, both of which ranked among the nation’s top 10 prep performances in 2014 at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Schwartz has maintained a 3.99 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth running programs and her church’s Sunday school.
“Brianna is a fantastic, hard-working, gifted athlete,” said Shaler Area head coach David Interthal. “She’s been a great teammate and a leader by example for three years. She hasn’t lost a final on the track since her freshman season.”
THE FUTURE: Schwartz will be a senior this fall.