Cross country team competes at the Annual Spanish River Invitational

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Waking up bright and early, fourteen students from the varsity cross country team competed at the Annual Spanish River Invitational Sept. 17.

They competed against runners from Region 3A. The meet was a 3.1-mile or five-kilometer run. Unlike most other cross country meets, this race did not take place in the woods and the route was mostly grass.

“I like comparing running to a game of chess because it involves a lot of strategy. I’m always calculating my next move by pacing myself based on how I feel,” junior Ashley Fitzgerald said.

Her strategy proved successful: Fitzgerald won First Place in the girls’ varsity division, with a new personal record of 18:09, which comes out to 5:48 per mile. Junior Richard Krissel also got a new personal record of 17:54.

Fitzgerald broke her personal record this weekend, maintaining her title as the fastest female junior in Fla. and advancing to the third fastest female varsity runner in the state. (Photos/Ashley Fitzgerald and FLMileSplit)
To prepare, the team took ice baths Friday, Sept. 16 so that their soreness from practicing wore off. The water hits temperatures of about 40°F. (Photo/Sienna Alvarez-Coia)

Now a junior at American Heritage, Anya returns as co-Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the Patriot Post. With her passion for journalism, she is Co-Vice President of the Quill and Scroll Honor Society and President of the Current Events Club. As a Youth Ambassador for Bullets4Life, Anya advocates for gun control. She leads the student body as Co-President of SGA and competes nationally in Speech & Debate, Model UN, FBLA and Mock Trial. To relax, Anya hangs out with friends, swims, goes on walks and binge watches Netflix. She loves the beach, karaoke, good food and her lazy little dog Simba more than anything.