Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Winning a Wise Decision at Washington

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Winning a Wise Decision at Washington

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Tens of thousands of high school athletes from around Pennsylvania will compete in track and field this spring, but Alyssa Wise is different than all of the others.

Wise is the most decorated female sprinter in the state.

A senior at Washington High School, Wise was a golden girl last season, as she swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the PIAA Class AA championships. Her time of 11.85 seconds in the 100 was just 0.07 shy of the PIAA record held by Rochester great Lauryn Williams, an Olympic medalist.

So what will Wise do for an encore before she takes her talents to Pitt? Wise, who chose the Panthers over Syracuse, said she would like to sweep the sprint events at the WPIAL championships, something she did not do last season when she placed second in the 200 to Vincentian's Ally Bartoszewicz.

A second "double" at the PIAA championships would be sweet, too, with breaking Williams' 13-year-old record being the icing on the cake.

"I want to hopefully maintain my times and possibly get better and improve my times," said Wise, who holds school records in the 100, 200 and a member of the record-setting 400 relay team as well. "Another goal is, hypothetically thinking, if I make states again, I could get the record."

Washington track coordinator Teresa Booker has watched Wise steadily grow into an elite performer the past few years. When Wise was a freshman, she placed fifth in the 100 and fourth in the 200 at the WPIAL championships. As a sophomore, Wise won the 100 and 200 and finished third in both events at the PIAA championships.

Booker said that from what she has seen from Wise so far this spring, Wise's times could continue to drop and records could continue to shatter.

Through this past weekend, she had the district's top reported times this season in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes at 11.8 and 25.4, respectively.

"She's much stronger than she was at the beginning of last season and even toward the end of last season," Booker said.

Wise will also compete on Washington's 400 relay team that could be the best in the WPIAL. …

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