Megan Ryan profiles Shaler track standout Brianna Schwartz.
"In less than a year, star Shaler runner Brianna Schwartz has experienced two events that could change her life forever.
In December, she was diagnosed with Celiac disease, which will alter her lifestyle choices forever.
Then last month, she was diagnosed with a stress reaction in her lower left tibia that might force her to miss her final high school outdoor track season.
The distance runner for cross country and track has won six WPIAL titles and holds records in three events -- the 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs. She has a state title in cross country as well as two consecutive titles in the 1,600 meters. While she will probably still go down as the best runner in WPIAL and maybe even state history, it looks unlikely that she will extend that legacy with that third consecutive trophy and the state record -- the last achievement eluding Schwartz at the high school level."