Name: Anna Flynn
Sport: Cross Country
Athletic accomplishment: Flynn is captain of the cross country team and will be one of the captains of both the indoor/outdoor track teams. Flynn’s the two-time Journal News Westchester/Putnam Cross Country Athlete of the Season. On Oct. 4, she won the Varsity 2A race at the 20th annual Disney Cross Country Classic in Orlando, Florida. On Oct. 21,
Academic accomplishment: Flynn has a solid “A” average. She’s undecided as to where she’ll go to school. Flynn’s looking to major in business. She scored a 1750 on the SATs. She’s taking the Demanding College Preparatory program. Flynn writes for the school newspaper. She’s a peer minister at Ursuline. Flynn’s a Girl Scout and an active participant in the Youth Group at her parish, St. John and Paul in Larchmont.
Getting to know Anna Flynn
The Journal News: How long have you been competing in cross country?
Anna Flynn: Since the seventh grade but I didn’t get serious until eighth grade.
TJN: Why so late?
AF: I was a ballerina. I was a real bad athlete.
TJN: So, how did you go from a “bad athlete” to one if not the best runner in Section 1?
AF: My father was a collegiate runner and he started a track program when I was in seventh grade. I ran one race and I loved it. After that, I never really trained to be a cross country runner; I just played my CYO games. I scored one basket in seven years of basketball and one goal in 10 years of soccer. To have a sport where I can excel like that is what made me fall in love with cross country. In eighth grade I competed in a few more meets and loved it so that’s when I stepped away from being a ballerina.
TJN: After winning the Disney meet for the fourth straight year, what lessons did you learn about yourself that you are carrying over for the rest of the season?
AF: One of the bigger lessons that I took from that is I needed to bring the mentality I had my freshman year to my running this year, which is to have fun and see what happens instead of putting the pressure on myself of having to get a certain time or finish a specific finish.
TJN: Will you compete next year in college?
AF: Yes I will.
TJN: What are you working on with the Girl Scouts?
AF: It’s still in process but I’m working on a program for specials with children and running for my Gold Award.
TJN: What was the inspiration?
AF: Two of my cousins are autistic and they love to run. They’re not good at any other sport either, so it’s a way to not only help them find something they love but to bring things to our sport as well.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.