Brandi Gervais
Position: Runner
Height: 5'4"
Year: Senior
City/State: Towson, MD
High School: Waynesville

Cross Country: (Senior Year) Named captain of the cross country team ... finished among the top five for the Tigers in each of the first 5 meets ... top performance was a 2nd place finish in the Towson Invitational in 18:35, just 7 seconds off the winning pace ... had to withdraw from the CAA Championships due to an illness ... despite lingering effects she competed in the final two meets of season, finishing each race ... named the CAA's Scholar-Athlete for Women's Cross ... earned Third Team ESPN Academic All-American for track/cross country as selected by CoSIDA ... named winner of the prestigious Doc Minnegan Award presented each to Towson's most outstanding upcoming senior student-athlete ... recipient also of the Mary Scarborough-Carr and Betty Kennedy Dale scholarships awarded to upperclass biology majors.  (Junior Year) Had 3 top ten finishes that included a second place in the Towson Invitational in 19:20 ... placed 9th in the Baltimore Metro in 19:11, the third fastest 5K for Towson in 2009 ... also placed 9th in the Delaware Invitational ... Towson's top finisher in two races, the Paul Short Invitational (123rd-22:10) and the CAA Championships (23rd-22:25) ... her 22:10 at the Paul Short was the fastest 6K time for a Towson runner in 2009 and two seconds off her PR. (Sophomore Year) Transferred to Towson for her sophomore year from Southeast Missouri State ... the Tigers' top finisher in the 6K Mid-Atlantic Regional, placing 82nd overall with a time of 24:21 ... placed 10th overall and 3rd for the Tigers in the season opening Baltimore Metro meet by clocking a 19:17 which proved to be her best 5K time of 2008. (Freshman Year) Ran second for the SMS Redhawks most of the season ... earned All-OVC honors by finishing 12th in 19:07.63 at the 2007 league championships ... she was the Redhawks highest finisher in the NCAA Midwest Regional, placing 83rd with a time of 22:08 ... her top effort of the season was a 5th place in the Eastern Illinois Panther Open with a time of 18:24 ... Brandi also finished 5th in the Saluki Invitational in 18:46.65 ... placed 6th in the 4K Stegemoller Classic.

 Personal Records:

5K: 18:24 (Panther Open 2007)

6K: 22:08 (Midwest Regional 2007)

Track:  At Southeast Missouri State she collected All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in track for finishing 6th in the conference indoor meet in the 5K (18:22). (Junior Year) Reset Towson's 5000 indoor record with a 17:45.33 clocking at the NYU Fastrack Invitational ... she's only the second runner at Towson ever to post a sub-18:00 time in the 5000 overall and she's done that 5 times ... finished no worse that 5th in every 5000 race she ran both indoors and outdoors ... one of just 3 Towson runners to post a sub-38:00 in the 10,000 with a 37:22.00 for 3rd on that list. (Sophomore Year) Ran the 3000 and 5000 ... top finish was a 2nd at the Stockton Invitational in the 3000 in a time of 10:55.63 ... ran a personal record 10:48.92 at Ursinus ... best 5k time was 18:31.42 in the Towson Invitational.

Background/Personal: Played volleyball in high school until her junior year when she began running cross country, earning All-State honors in her first year running ... capped off her high school career in Missouri with a second place (PR 19:10.31) at the 5K State 4A championships, finishing just four seconds behind the winner  ... she tuned up for that state meet by winning the Class 4 Section 3 district crown to establish herself as one of the favorites ... helped her high school Tigers to a 2007 Ozark Conference Track title ... ran 5th in the 2 mile at the Class 4 Track Championships ...named the Aldo Seben Runner of the Year ... her class valedictorian at Waynesville ... both parents are graduates of Lander University and are serving in the U.S. Army ... her dad is a Lt. Colonel, her mom is a Colonel ... both parents are currently serving tours in Baghdad ... hails from a very athletic family ... her mom played basketball at Lander ... an uncle swam at Oklahoma, another at Florida ... two cousins play college softball, one at Nevada-Las Vegas, another at Rhode Island ... a third cousin plays baseball at Lander ... prior to Waynesville she attended Kaiserslautern American High School in Germany ... her ambition is to be an orthodontist ... spends time during the summer job shadowing at dental clinics ... volunteers at the Humane Society and with the World Wildlife Fund ... favorite athlete is middle and long distance Kara Goucher ... favorite author is Dan Brown, favorite book is Angels & Demons ... Kate Blanchett is her favorite actors ... living in Germany and traveling throughout Europe have provided her most memorable experiences ... works in the athletics department tutoring student-athletes in physics, anatomy, calculus and algebra ... daughter of Chris and Maria Gervais ... born May 4, 1989 in Augsburg, Germany ... the only upper class student-athlete at Towson carrying an overall 4.0 grade point average.

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