Chambersburg

Trojans’ Camy Kiser decides Pitt is the fit for her

Chambersburg senior Camy Kiser has signed to compete for the University of Pittsburgh next fall in cross country and track & field.

 

Since the postseason cross country meets began about five weeks ago, life has been a big whirlwind for Camy Kiser.

But now on the other side of all of that activity, Kiser, a senior at Chambersburg, can sit back and relax — for at least a little while, anyway — with a smile on her face.

Kiser capped off a fine string of races with a second-place finish in Class 3A at the PIAA Championships last Saturday, and the week before that made her college decision — she will compete in cross country and track & field for the University of Pittsburgh beginning next fall.

“I’m really excited, and I can’t wait to get there,” Kiser said.

Between running in invitationals on some weekends, Kiser spent the fall looking a various schools, and she took official visits to Pitt, as well as Penn State, Bowling Green and Duquesne, all Division I schools.

“It was definitely difficult,” she said, “but it was nice to see a lot of schools and I had a lot of options. I was expecting the decision to be really hard, but when I went to Pitt and I met my teammates and the coach, well, I knew right then. I loved everything about it, and there was nothing I disliked.”

Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said, “Every college she came back from she was really excited. But when she came back from Pitt, you could tell she knew.”

Through her first three years for the Trojans, Kiser had put together a very solid career, placing 9th, 6th and 5th in District 3 races, and 14th, 29th and 12th in PIAA events.

But she hit another level this fall. During the regular season, Kiser placed first in every dual meet, broke her own record to win the Gettysburg invite, took second in the Enos Yeager and Carlisle races, third in the Ben Bloser and fourth at the PTXC race.

Monheim said, “I think she really started running well at the perfect time. After she broke 18 minutes in the Carlisle race, the calls (from college coaches) started pouring in, and her recruitment started getting intense.”

And then came the postseason, when Kiser raced to a victory in the Mid Penn Championships, took 5th at districts and finished with her runner-up effort at states.

Kiser said, “I did not expect this season to go like that. But I think I’ve changed a lot as a runner since last spring and it all came together this fall. I try to not think about the races too much ahead of time, try not to get nervous, and then I’m able to enjoy the actual race more.”

“I credit Camy a lot,” Monheim said. “Distance running is a very mental sport, and she doesn’t let herself get too stressed out — she isn’t obsessed with it. She has a very balanced life with a lot of other interests, and carries herself well.

“She has confidence in herself and for as talented as she is, she’s also super competitive. Like at districts, she was a little off and she didn’t like it, so the next week at states she beat all four girls who were ahead of her at districts.”

Kiser admits to cross country being her favorite sport.

“I like the distance and running the hills and the different courses,” she said. “And plus, I feel more connected to my teammates — we’re all running distance and the team is smaller.”

Kiser plans to study nursing in college and believes Pitt will be good for her in that aspect, too.

“I think Pitt was the most willing to let me balance my work in nursing, and my time in cross country and track,” she said. “I needed the coach to understand that I may have to miss some practices. Plus, there are five hospitals within walking distance of school, so that gives me choices for taking my clinicals.”

Perhaps more accurately, those hospitals are within running distance.