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Shaler runner Schwartz commits to Colorado

Christopher Horner | Trib Total Media
Shaler's Brianna Schwartz crosses the finish line to win the girls Class AAA race at the WPIAL cross country championships Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Cooper's Lake.

Once again, distance wasn’t an obstacle for Shaler senior Brianna Schwartz.

Arguably the best distance runner in WPIAL history, Schwartz committed to Colorado, where she will run track and cross country. She can officially sign Wednesday with the Pac-12 school.

“The running program they have is really successful,” said Schwartz, who visited Boulder, Colo., in October. “A lot of really great runners came out of the program. And a lot of them are still running professionally.”

Schwartz also visited Syracuse, Villanova and Virginia before choosing the campus 1,300 miles away.

“That (distance) made me take some time to think,” Schwartz said. “Other than that, I really loved it. But I think the things they offer outweigh the fact that they’re far from home.”

A six-time WPIAL individual champion, Schwartz owns WPIAL records in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. She won her third consecutive WPIAL cross country title this fall and also added a state title.

— Chris Harlan

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