Brianna Schwartz Sets Pennsylvania HS Indoor Mile Record
Junior clocks fastest girls’ time in the nation in a high school race; coached by Sam Bair, sub-3:58 Miler
By Marc Bloom for Running Times
Brianna Schwartz of Pennsylvania, who has been running seriously for only two years with a coach who is keeping her training conservative, completed her tantalizingly brief indoor season last Saturday with a record-breaking Mile victory in the state championships at Penn State University. Schwartz, a junior at Shaler Area High in Pittsburgh, raced to a decisive triumph in 4:42.58, the fastest girls’ time in the nation in a high school race. Exhausted on the home straight, Schwartz’s legs gave way and she collapsed at the finish, crawling across the line.
Crash Course: After Kennedy Weisner of Elk County Catholic, the Millrose Games Mile runner-up, shot to the lead on Saturday, Schwartz sat behind her until surging ahead with two laps to go. With the victory sewn up at the bell, Schwartz poured it on, seeking a fast time. Amid the crowd’s roar she could not tell if anyone was behind her and made a full-out sprint to the line. “I could feel my legs give out on me,” Schwartz said. Once splattered on the track, she said, “I looked up and saw the finish line right in front of my face and pulled myself across.”
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