CARLISLE — Jack Wisner’s recruitment by Pittsburgh lasted two coaching regimes.
The Carlisle senior runner has had his sights set on the Panthers’ program for a while, and even when Brad Herbster (formerly from Texas) took over the cross country and distance teams under cross country/track and field coach Alonzo Webb, Wisner never faltered.
“It kind of sounds cliché, but I went on my official and I just really liked it, the guys, coach,” Wisner said Wednesday afternoon after Carlisle High School held a fall early signing day ceremony in the renovated Gene Evans Gymnasium.
Wisner isn’t sure what he will major in yet, but he picked Pitt over Penn State in what wound up a rather easy choice. He said Herbster visited the Carlisle Invitational midway through the season. Wisner committed just before the PIAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 3.
Pitt has been on his radar for a while, dating back at least to when older brother Matt was getting recruited. The 2016 graduate eventually picked Duke, where he has been running the past two years, but he also received interest from the Panthers.
That means the Wisners get to stay in the Atlantic Coast Conference. And for hopefully one year the two will get to compete against each other rather than run together, a fun twist for Jack.
“I do wanna race him, though,” Jack said. “It’d be fun, just to see. I want to be close to him, kind of.”
Wisner had a disappointing finish to his high school cross country season, following up a pair of Top 10 finishes at the Mid-Penn and District 3 championships with a 34th-place finish at the PIAA Class 3A Championship.
He still has the regional championships and then indoor and outdoor track seasons.
Pitt’s men’s team finished 13th at the ACC Championships on Oct. 26, and the track and field team finished 11th in the conference outdoor championships in the spring.
Wisner will join Cumberland Valley alumnus and Pitt sophomore Josh Higgins on the cross country team.