Women’s cross-country runner Gabby Fisher sets personal record

Junior Gabby Fisher finishes up a race at Mills Pond Park on Saturday, Nov. 18. Photo by Michelle Kefford

Gabrielle Fisher is a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. At school, she manages a busy schedule as she is a runner for the women’s cross-country team, a Graphics Editor and designer for the Aerie Yearbook and a part of the Three Heart Strings organization. Fisher was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and has one sister who is two years older than her. 

This season for cross-country, Fisher had a good start in some meets early this season so far. She set a personal record of 26:03.46 and placed 71 in the Spanish River Invitational on Oct. 31. 

“Personally, I run every race to push myself harder than my last race,” Fisher said. “The team uses each other during the race to help keep good paces and motivate each other. We are competing against different schools.”

Fisher didn’t discover her love for running until high school. Fisher has been a member of the women’s cross country team since freshman year.  

“My inspiration is Deena Kastor because she holds the American record in marathons and road distances,” Fisher said.

Fisher has been an athlete for a long time, playing travel lacrosse for the Florida Select and Madskillz Lacrosse team while also playing recreational league soccer in Parkland before transitioning into high school. When she began high school, Fisher played for the school lacrosse team as well as joining the cross country team.

Since Fisher is a junior, she has not yet gotten any opportunities for college scholarships. However, she believes that she may not run cross country in college. 

“My background in lacrosse has taught me that I have to work hard for what I want and it has put me into good shape for cross country because you need to have good endurance for both sports,” Fisher said. 

Fisher is a designer and a graphics editor for the yearbook. She designs spreads that go in the book and she works as a graphics editor to edit and photoshop pictures.

“Gabby Fisher is dedicated and hardworking as a member of the Aerie Yearbook staff,” MSD yearbook adviser Sarah Lerner said.

With her busy schedule, Fisher finds that cross-country allows her to step away from the stress of her other 

“Balancing cross-country, being an editor on the yearbook staff and being a part of Three-Heart strings is definitely not easy but I am used to being busy and having a lot on my plate. Cross Country helps relieve some of my stress from life and school which is very beneficial for me,” Fisher said.

Despite her commitment to cross-country, Fisher is still able to be successful in school through hard work and focus. 

“I have gotten mostly A’s in school and have taken very challenging classes every year of high school. My experience has been fun but I have learned that I need to work hard to succeed,” Fisher said.

Other than participating in the school yearbook and being a member of the cross-country team, Fisher also does charity work for a non-profit organization called Three Heart Strings. The organization makes masks and bracelets and donate profits to charities such as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Victim and Families, Oceana, l, Not My Daughter and The Phoenix Center. 

Although this has not been a normal school year for Fisher, she maintains her routine with cross-country, Three Heart Strings, yearbook and keeping up with friends and family and academics. Fisher is excited for the remainder of the cross-country season and the school year.