EDH Athlete of the Week: Abby FletcherBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
Oak Ridge’s Abby Fletcher is having a good cross country season in this her freshman year.
In her first varsity race Sept. 27, Fletcher placed 10th in the second Sierra Foothill League meet, finishing the three-mile race in 20 minutes, 39 seconds. Three days later at the Capital Cross Challenge, Fletcher, running in the freshman-sophomore race, placed first over the two-mile course in 12:38.8.
“We're all pretty happy and impressed with Abby so far,” Oak Ridge cross country coach Bob Wright said. “She is a great kid with a good work ethic and has really enjoyed being out there each day. Her success so far can be attributed to her natural ability, since she did not train at all with us over the summer. She showed up on the first day and has worked hard ever since. She is always doing the right thing too. She's very coachable. She can be found doing the warm up and cool down on a regular basis where some athletes like to try to skimp on this part of the work out. Abby is always on top of it from beginning to end.”
Said coach Rob Fairley, “Tenth place for varsity girls at Nevada Union and first place in the freshman-sophomore Division 1-2 race at the Capital Cross Challenge are outstanding performances. She works hard in practice and is a pleasure to coach. She has a very bright future in distance running.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after finishing high school?
Abby Fletcher: After finishing high school, I hope to either run cross country in college, or play lacrosse.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
AF: Yes! My parents both played high school varsity sports. My mom played softball in college, and my dad played lacrosse and soccer in college.
FT: How long have you been running and how did you get your start in it?
AF: I ran track in seventh grade, but this is my first year doing cross country.
FT: What do you enjoy about running?
AF: I really love the feeling of finishing in the top-10 of a race. I also like that it keeps me in great shape.
FT: You are off to quite a start to your high school running career. You have been steadily improving, culminating in winning the Capital Cross Challenge. How do you feel you’ve done so far this year?
AF: I think I’ve done surprisingly good. I joined cross country with the goal of staying in shape for lacrosse, but found that I really love the sport.
FT: What are your goals for this season?
AF: This season, I aspire to finish in the top-five of a varsity race, and help my team go to state.
FT: Are you involved in other activities at Oak Ridge besides cross country?
AF: So far, just cross country.
FT: What’s your favorite class at school and why?
AF: My favorite class at school is Spanish because my teacher makes it really fun.
FT: Favorite Food?
AF: It’s tough to pick a favorite food, but I would have to go with some type of pasta.
FT: Favorite music?
AF: My favorite type of music is pop.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them?
AF: I have a lot of pets! I have one dog, one cat, one fish, and six chickens. My chickens are really fun to play with, and they’re so funny to watch when they’re walking around.
FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
AF: In my free time, other than running cross country, I like to play lacrosse, do swim team, and go rock climbing at Granite Arch! I also love paddle boarding at the lake. I am also a member of the El Dorado Hills National Charity League.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
AF: In sports, I always want to do the best that I can do, so I am inspired to make my coaches, my parents, and myself proud every time I race or step on the lacrosse field.
FT: What are your career goals? What job/profession are you interested in?
AF: I am interested in being an orthodontist because you get to be social with your patients and give kids great smiles.