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Ursuline’s Anna Flynn wins Disney race record 4th time | USA Today High School Sports

Anna Flynn spent a good chunk of Saturday in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

Friday, she found magic once again at the theme park’s 20th annual Cross Country Classic.

The Ursuline senior became the first person ever to win the race four consecutive times.

She and her freshman sister, Sarah, finished one, two in 19:16 and 19:23, respectively.

Those finishes, coupled with Lily Sheahan’s 14the place, Claire Wilson’s 24th place and Caitlin Conly’s 28th place helped Ursuline finish second in the 29-team, Division 2A competition to Immaculata of New Jersey.

Two hundred, twenty-five girls finished the race.

“It was a very good performance in oppressive conditions,” Ursuline coach Jan Mitchell said.

In part because of the 90-plus-degree temperature, the Flynns held back for most of the 3.1-mile race that was run over turf fields and woods at the ESPN Sports Complex.

“We saw a girl on our JV pass out a couple of minutes before,” Anna Flynn said.

Anna Flynn of Ursuline School

Anna Flynn of Ursuline School

Despite the heat, the race is a favorite of Flynn’s because of its surroundings.

“It’s definitely a lot less pressure than the races in New York because of the amount of fun surrounding it. It’s kind of like, ‘Go have fun and see what happens,’ ” she said.

But that said, she noted she felt some pressure this time, since she wanted the four-peat and wanted to beat her sister.

Sarah Flynn won the recent Six Flags meet with Fox Lane’s Vicky Martinez second and Anna Flynn third.

“I don’t think I would have been able to win Disney without her (this year),” Anna Flynn said of her sister, noting they pushed each other..

The two ran at a relaxing pace (her clocking was her slowest) until 1,200 meters were left and she spotted another girl gaining on them. After picking up their speed together, Anna broke from her sister with 800 meters left to grab that four-peat.

“I said last spring that I wanted to bring back fun into my racing. My best places and races come out of having so much fun.,” Flynn said. “If I bring this back to New York I will hopefully have a pretty successful senior year.”

On the boys side, Iona Prep finished eighth out of 34 schools.

Twitter: @HaggertyNancy

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