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Earning this week’s Athlete of the Week, Elizabeth Savage has proven herself as the top cross country runner at Georgia Military Prep School and in the county this season.
In only her first season, Savage admits running cross country never crossed her mind before this past summer, but she found herself struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle and made the decision to join the team as a last resort.
“One of my best friends was in cross country and she did really well last year,” Savage said. “I was almost overweight at the end of the school year, so I had a goal to run cross country this year and lose weight and get healthier.”
Early on, Savage never considered herself one of the top runners on the Lady Bulldogs’ squad; as a matter of fact her goal was specifically geared towards her health.
“When I first started running this summer, being good at cross country really wasn’t one of my goals,” she said. “I just wanted to lose weight and be healthy. I just want to be as healthy as I can.”
Slowly over the course of the season, Savage has accumulated four wins and has run lowered her time over the 5 kilometer distance to 22:11.
“I think I’ve done pretty well. I’m really happy to run with my friends and we have a great team,” she said. “I’m having more fun than I’ve ever had and I’m pushing myself. Sometimes it does get stressful, but you have to pick yourself up.”