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Central Cambria senior Alyssa Brandis

Central Cambria’s Brandis to Seton Hill

By: Mike Kovak

JOHNSTOWN — Central Cambria senior Alyssa Brandis didn’t know much about Seton Hill University, which is located in Greensburg, before Red Devils cross country coach Randy Wilson informed one of the more decorated female athletes in the school’s history of its strong athletic programs.
“He found it and told me to give it a try,” Brandis said. “He saw their team did well and thought I would do well there.”
Like Pitt-Johnstown, Seton Hill has competed in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and will join the Mountain Cats in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for the 2013-14 school year.
In women’s cross country, the Griffins’ finished second in 2012 and produced the WVIAC individual champion in sophomore Jeannie Bujdos. Seton Hill also placed eighth at the NCAA Division II Athletic Regional meet.
In women’s track, Seton Hill is ranked seventh in the Atlantic Region and 27th nationally. The Griffins are led by former Richland High School standout Calsie Boyd in the jumping events.
Seton Hill’s success and location proved to be a perfect fit for Brandis, who will continue her athletic and academic careers there.
“I went on a visit and I really liked it there,” Brandis said. “It’s close, but not too close.”
Brandis selected Seton Hill over St. Francis, Edinboro and Bloomsburg. She will participate in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.
“It was down to Seton Hill and Bloomsburg,” Brandis said. “It seemed like everyone in my grade knew where they were going for college. I felt like I was the only one who didn’t know.”
Now, Brandis can focus on what’s already been a standout track and field career at Central Cambria.
She’s medaled at the PIAA championships in each of her first three seasons running the 3200 relay.
As a junior, Brandis added a sixth-place finish in the individual 3200.
Brandis also excels in cross country, her prefered sport. She placed second at states as a senior.
“It was unreal,” she said. “I wanted first, but to be second at something that big, I was still happy with it.”