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Running for Success

No stranger to accomplishments, senior Ryder Petrylak stands out in all the sports in which he participates, including cross-country, indoor and outdoor track, and previously, soccer.

Running a 4:13 mile, a 10:13 two-mile, and a 17:36 5-kilometer, Petrylak has shown his talent extensively over the course of his high-school career. Engaging in various sports at a very competitive level requires determination and effort, and he has shown that by representing Fluvanna well on a consistent basis, supporting the team at the district, regional and state levels.

With the cross-country season well underway, Petrylak wants to end his high school career on a high note, and hopes that he success can transfer to a college level.

“My plan after high school is to attend college and continue running competitively, just not for my university’s team. I would like to train on my own and compete in marathons around the country,” he stated. With strong results from fall meets thus far, including a third place finish, the rest of his season looks bright.

His commitment to running is apparent, and this stems from his mother, who helped inspired him.

“My mother is the sole reason that I got into running. After watching her compete in numerous marathons, I immediately knew that I was meant to follow in her footsteps,” he said. A positive influence is key, and that is what Petrylak used to start his path in running competitively, as well as for enjoyment.

Motivation is needed for any mentality-based sport, which is why Petrylak appreciates the support he gets from others to compete effectively.

“Making my coach proud is what motivates me to be the best. Seeing his excitement after I ran a fast race is one of the most fulfilling things in the world,” he said.

With this being his last season, Petrylak wants to continue to make an impact on Fluvanna athletics.

“My goal for this year is to leave the program better than I found it. I want to engage with the younger kids on the team and show them how enjoyable running is so that, hopefully, they will go on to achieve more than I ever have,” he said.


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