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MOUNT WASHINGTON – Bullitt East track and cross-country standout Brandon Wiseheart recently cast his lot for the next four seasons with Campbellsville University where he will do both sports.
While Wiseheart had offers and looked into the programs at Murray State, Centre and Cumberlands, the chance to stay close to home to get a degree won out.
“I’ve known a couple of months,” Wiseheart said after signing on the dotted line in the Bullitt East Media Room in front of family and friends. “I decided after I made the second visit down there.
“I went the first time and loved the campus, but didn’t get to meet the coach,” the senior said. “The second trip I got to meet him and we talked about grants and scholarships. That made it an easier decision for me to make.”
Well Campbellsville is close to home, but not too close for an 18-year old.
“The longest one away was Murray State and that was just too far,” Wiseheart pointed out. “It’s an hour to 90 minutes away. You get to experience college, but also can get home.”
The son of Stacy and Tim Wiseheart has been a mainstay in both sports at Bullitt East for a long time. He has competed for six seasons in cross-country, leading the Chargers to a second-place finish last fall in the Class AA state meet. This spring is his fifth season with the Charger track team.
Wiseheart did play basketball for one year, but then gave that up to concentrate on running.
Wiseheart has three siblings. He is leaning toward accounting as a major at Campbellsville with maybe a minor in sports management.
It was that second place finish in the state meet that will be a lasting memory for Wiseheart.
“That’s got to be the number one memory,” the senior said with a smile. “By doing that we got to go to nationals. It was a fun trip and a good bonding time for us.”
Wiseheart’s name was put in front of Campbellsville cross-country coach Hillary Lakes by a former competitor of Wiseheart’s in high school. It was North Bullitt runner Michael Dowell who is a freshman for the Tigers who passed along the name to his coach.
Lakes sees Wiseheart running in the longest distances at the college level.
“I think he’ll be the long distance guy for us like at 5K,” the coach said after getting the signature. “He is so tall we might try the steeplechase with him. As a freshmen we can switch it up a little.”
Wiseheart moving on to college is part of life, but it is both positive and sad for Charger head coach Lenny Raley.
“Brandon is the first kid to go to state five years in a row here,” the veteran coach pointed out. “It will be hard to break that. That’s hard to do. He progressed well and is a hard worker. He led the team when it counted most (at the state championships)."