Fairview High School sophomore Alyssa Andrea is a TSSAA Cross Country State Champion - again!
Alyssa’s fast time in the 5K of 20:04.62 not only earned her another State title, but makes her the first two-time girls State champion in Fairview High School history.
Alyssa outpaced her competition last Thursday afternoon at the TSSAA State Cross Country Meet held at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville.
After crossing the finish line in first place, Alyssa said, “Honestly, it was the hardest race I have ever ran. It was the first one I have faced adversity in and because of the amazing people on my team and my family, I was able to finish with a 20 second lead.”
The adversity she faced came in the middle of the race. She explained, “The first mile was great. Second, I got this ungodly cramp, and two girls passed me at that point. And in the last 800, because of my mom and brother cheering me on, I kicked it in and won by 20 seconds!”
The daughter of Tanya and Victor Andrea, Alyssa has been competing in cross country since middle school. “When I was in fifth grade, my parents made me run, and the welcoming nature of the middle school coaches and my teammates was what gave me my love for the sport,” shared Alyssa.
With FHS cross country competing almost every week this year, Alyssa said she also conditioned outside of competitions. “I worked hard all year in and out of practice and incorporated weight lifting,” she said.
Alyssa’s coaches were super proud of her dedication and accomplishments. With her winning time this year being an improvement over her 2019 winning time of 20:26.71, they are also excited to see what the future holds for the sophomore Lady Jacket.
See more TSSAA Cross Country State Meet results in the November 11, 2020 Main Street Fairview Sports Section!