Name: Alyssa Brandis
School: Central Cambria
Sport: Cross Country
Athlete of the week achievement: Brandis finished first overall at the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference championship meet with a time of 19:26, which led the Lady Devils to the conference championship.
Season update: Brandis has 10 first-place finishes this year, along with one third-place showing and a sixth-place showing in 12 races.
Coach Randy Wilson's quote: "[Brandis] has really come into her own. She has had to lead the team, and is a coach's dream. She has gone under a lot of pressure running for Central Cambria and has handled the pressure of being our No. 1 runner very well."
Favorite teacher: Mr. Mazzarella
Favorite subject: History
Favorite movie: "Dear John"
Favorite food: Tacos
Favorite song: "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj
Outside interests: Watching movies and hanging out with my friends
Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite college team: Penn State
Pro athlete most admired: Jordan Hasay
Best athlete I ever played with: Dawn Craft
Best athlete I ever competed against: Leanne Wirfel
Most influential person on my athletic career: Mr. Wilson
Proudest athletic achievement: Going to states as a freshman and a junior
How I got my start in cross country: I started track in sixth grade and then started cross country in seventh.
Future goal: To get a scholarship for running