Name: Alyssa Brandis
School: Central Cambria
Sport: Cross country
Athlete of the week achievement: Brandis won the District 6 Class A championship by more than a minute, finishing in 18:57. The Lady Devils also won the team title.
Season update: Brandis was undefeated in dual meets this season, won two out of the four invitationals the Red Devils entered - finished second in the other two - and won the Laurel Highlands meet.
Coach Randy Wilson's quote: "From gun to finish line, she just ran with all heart [this weekend]. She didn't look back and ran a great race. She just hammered the whole way."
Favorite teacher: Mr. Nick
Favorite subject: Gym
Favorite movie: The Notebook
Favorite food: Chocolate covered strawberries
Favorite song: "Could It Be You?" by Cascada
Outside interests: Shopping and anything athletic
Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite college team: PSU
Pro athlete most admired: Galen Rupp
Best athlete I ever played with: Central Cambria graduate Annie Cekada
Best athlete I ever competed against: Northern Bedford's Maria Snyder
Most influential person on my athletic career: Central Cambria coach Randy Wilson
Proudest athletic achievement: Making it to states all four years
How I got my start in cross country: "I started track in sixth grade and heard about cross country and gave it a try."
Future goal: Attend a university for pre-pharm and get a running scholarship.