FAIRFIELD >> After four years of athletics together at the high school level, Fairfield Ludlowe’s Krissy Bradley, Ali Gorab and Alex Wykoff will continue their playing careers at the next level together.
The trio, who led the Falcons to the quarterfinals of the Class LL State Girls’ Soccer Tournament this past fall, are headed to Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania this fall; Bradley on the soccer field, Wykoff on the track and Gorab on the lacrosse field.
“None of really knew (we’d be going together),” Wykoff said. “(But) I like it.”
“It’s exciting,” Bradley said.
The seniors are the only three from Ludlowe who will be headed to the same college and playing sports at the Division III level.
Bradley, Wykoff and Gorab’s athletic paths started collectively as they grew up playing soccer for a period, and then branched off into different endeavors. The three came back together at Ludlowe on the soccer team.
Wykoff, who plays sports year round, gave track a go after she was cut from the sailing team. She immediately picked up the sport of hurdling and has developed into one of the top track athletes in the state.
This past winter she finished fourth in the 55 hurdles at the Indoor FCIAC Championships and then ran an impressive time of 8.86 seconds to capture third at the Class LL Championships to qualify for the State Open.
“My first year I was competing with all the seniors in my league and it showed I had a knack for what I did,” Wykoff said. “I knew this was what I needed to in college.”
Gorab had a similar journey to Wykoff, as she picked up the sport of lacrosse and found a greater joy in the game.
She’s been a big part of the Falcons’ offense this spring on the lacrosse team as they look to make the state tournament again.
Gorab said she was unsure if she wanted to continue at the next level, but after a positive summer camp at Gettysburg, that helped sway her decision.
“I just really liked Gettysburg campus, that it was Division III, I really liked the coach and the team was great,” Gorab said.
Bradley stuck with the soccer route and had her sights on Division 1 since she was a freshman, until late winter of her junior year.
Bradley, who plays midfield, started looking at Division III schools and found a perfect fit in Gettysburg.
“The coach, the team had a big effect on me when I went for my visit there,” Bradley said. “The distance from home, just the campus overall was beautiful.”
Bradley, who’s leaning toward a health science major, said she’s hoping to make an immediate impact on the field but will see how preseason goes first.
All three explained what they liked about Gettysburg was the opportunity to play sports and enjoy the college experience.
“I think Gettysburg is a great school that has sports as a kind of lifestyle,” Gorab said.
There’s also another connection: Both Wykoff and Gorab’s moms attended Gettysburg as well.
“She goes back and forth, she’s jealous because now she can’t say, ‘Oh, I went to Gettysburg,’ now she has to say my daughter goes there, too,” Wykoff said of her mom.
The three said they aren’t rooming together, but will definitely still be connected.
“We’ll get lunch together,” Gorab said with a smile.