Joe Koch profiles Washington track standout Alyssa Wise.
(Photo: Washington's Alyssa Wise, center, shown winning at the Baldwin Invitational, is the WPIAL Class AA 100-meter champion. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
"Washington High School's Alyssa Wise might have some concerns going into this week's PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University because of a painful left hamstring.
But if she has the same type of success in South Central Pennsylvania as she had under brutal conditions at the WPIAL championships last Thursday at Baldwin High Stadium, she won't complain.
Sporting a heavily taped wrap on her left leg, Wise had an excellent start and maintained her momentum all the way down the stretch to win the Class AA girls 100-meter dash with a record-setting time of 11.95 seconds. Familiar rival Ally Bartoszewicz of Vincentian Academy was second with a time of 12.2 seconds.
The performance will give Wise the opportunity to defend the PIAA Class AA 100-meter championship she won a year ago with a time of 11.85 seconds. But that balky hamstring kept her out of the 200-meter dash in the qualifying meet leading up to the championship, and she will be unable to defend her state title in the half-lap race."