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Name: Ali Wyland

School: Hollidaysburg

Age: 14

Grade: Freshman

Sport: Track and field

Athlete of the week achievement: Wyland won the 100 and 200 dashes in a dual meet with DuBois, the 100 and 200 dashes and 400 relay in a win over Philipsburg-Osceola and was the meet MVP in helping the Lady Tigers win the West Perry Invitational by placing first in the 100 and 200 dashes and 400 relay.

Season update: Wyland has the area’s top times in the 100 dash (12.48 seconds) and 200 dash (26.07).

Coach Don Tantius’ quote: “It was the first week-and-a-half of practice, which is the toughest of the season, and the weather was terrible. And she wasn’t working the hardest. [Hollidaysburg boys coach] Adam [Ulery] said, ‘she doesn’t know – she has no idea. She’s going to see.’ I think now she’s starting to realize she’s pretty good. But she’s still so young.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Tinker

Favorite subject: Biology

Favorite movie: “Safe Haven”

Favorite food: Chocolate

Favorite song: “Goodbye Song” by MKTO

Outside interests: Singing, playing the guitar and piano, volleyball, hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: No preference

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: No preference

Best athlete I ever had as a teammate: Current track teammates

Best athlete I ever competed against: Cheltenham’s Katelyn Jackson

Most influential person on my athletic career: My family

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning a state medal during indoor track season

How I got my start in track and field: The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA track program with Tom Kopriva

Future goal: “To do the best I can and qualify for states.”