Track: 2014 Five Things to Watch

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Here are five things to keep an eye on during the 2014 track season.

*Athletes going up against Fox Chapel will be seeing double, as the Martin twins return for the Foxes and look to put together one more outstanding season before heading to the University of Michigan. The two are among the best in the state. At last year's WPIAL Class AAA championships, Ethan Martin finished first in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Colin Martin was second in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200.

*What will Brianna Schwartz do this year? The Shaler junior could very well be on her way to becoming one of the most decorated track stars in WPIAL history. As a sophomore, Schwartz set WPIAL records in both the 800 and 1,600 at the WPIAL Class AAA championships. She went on to capture the 1,600 title at the PIAA championships. Schwartz won her second straight WPIAL cross country title last fall.

*Another underclassman who appears poised for a big season is Hempfield junior Maddie Holmberg. No WPIAL girl hurdled like Holmberg last spring, as she swept the 100 and 300 hurdle events at the WPIAL Class AAA championships. She earned a third gold medal by anchoring the school's 400 relay team, and was fourth in the long jump. At the PIAA championships, Holmberg was second in the long jump and fourth in the 300 hurdles.

*Speaking of hurdles, keep an eye on a loaded Class AAA boys field that includes Gateway's Montae Nicholson, Fox Chapel's Brandon Mitchell and Elizabeth Forward's Matt Bernadowski. Nicholson, a Michigan State football recruit, is the defending champion in the 110 hurdles. Mitchell is the reigning champion in the 300 hurdles. Bernadowski placed second in the 100 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles.

*Will any of the team champions repeat? The North Allegheny boys captured the WPIAL Class AAA title, the ninth all-time for the Tigers. They placed 15 times at the individual finals. In Class AA, Washington is the defending champion. The Little Prexies, though, must replace most of their to performers. On the girls side, Hempfield (Class AAA) and South Fayette (Class AA) won WPIAL titles last year. Hempfield also won the PIAA title.