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Janosik commits to PSU

Penn Cambria track and field

It hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but Penn Cambria High School senior Lyric Janosik is thrilled about becoming a Penn State Lady Lion track and field athlete.

Janosik, 18, recently gave a verbal commitment to Penn State, and she was listed among the 10 female athletes PSU coach John Gondak announced on Monday as his class of 2020.

“It’s pretty surreal,” Janosik said. “I’ve dreamt about this for a long time. With how much work I’ve put in, it’s an honor to be among the athletes competing for Penn State. It’s a school that means so much to me and my family.”

Janosik is a standout jumper for the Lady Panthers, medaling in both the long jump and high jump at last year’s PIAA Class 2A Championships in Shippensburg. She earned a bronze medal in the long jump and an eighth-place medal in the high jump as a junior.

She also won the District 6 2A long jump championship last year and also earned a seventh-place state medal in the long jump as a sophomore.

“(Competing in college) is something she’s worked for her whole life,” Penn Cambria girls track coach Josh Himmer said. “She’s been really working hard toward this goal, and I’m so happy for her. She’ll do great things at Penn State.”

Janosik said she first became interested in Penn State during her sophomore year when she competed in the Kevin Dare Invitational during the indoor season.

“I was looking at all the athletes at Penn State, and I was just so inspired to become like them,” she said. “Last year, I won the long jump at the Dare Invitational, and it just felt right there. In February or March, I got a letter from Coach Gondak saying he was interested in me coming to Penn State for track, and I was so excited.”

Janosik said she also considered Youngstown State and Saint Francis before making her decision. She’s been accepted into the Smeal College of Business and plans on majoring in marketing and eventually attending law school.

She’ll be competing in indoor meets over the next few months before turning her attention to her final scholastic outdoor season beginning in March.

“It’s a little bit of a relief to not have the stress (of choosing a college),” Janosik said. “But I’m not just going to let everything go. I’m still going to work hard. I plan to go farther in both the high and long jumps and take everything one day at a time.”

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