Before athletes such as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, golfer Tiger Woods and tennis player Andy Roddick went pro, they debuted in "Faces in the Crowd," a section of Sports Illustrated magazine that recognizes high school talent.
After being featured in the magazine's July 23 edition, Uniontown- area native and track and field all-star Breehana Jacobs can now add "nationwide recognition" to her extensive list of sports achievements.
The 18-year-old Laurel Highlands Senior High School graduate said she first became interested in running track after attending a fifth- grade track meet.
"It was just a small event that all of the schools in the area participated in," Jacobs said. "But after I ran in it, people told me that I should run track when I got to junior high. So I did. I started when I was in eighth grade and still run today."
In her first track meet as a high school freshman, Jacobs said she placed eighth, but from her sophomore year on, she has finished in first or second place in every race.
"My freshman year I was at a different school where we didn't train as hard, but when I came to Laurel Highlands as a sophomore, practice wasn't just going through the motions anymore, it was more advanced work and more intense training," she said. …