Triumph stories start with a struggle story.
For Erica Fisher, her triumph story began her junior cross country season. Consistency is key and Fisher learned early that a consistent training progression is vital for performance. Plagued with an injury her junior cross country season, Fisher knew it would take an adaptable mindset and steady training to turn her dreams into a reality
"Running consistently is one of the most important lessons I have learned in high school, and I learned it the hard way," Fisher said.
Last year, Fisher ended her cross country season with a 37th place finish at the FHSAA 3A Region 1 in a time of 20:32 -- her first regional race in the state of Florida.
Transitions are tough, and Fisher's performances week after week have shown her resilience as an athlete and as a competitor.
"Running is more mental than physical, so having a positive mindset got me through anything," Fisher said.
Fisher's hard work did not go unnoticed. The Tennessee native recently announced her commitment to the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she will continue her academic and athletic careers as a Skyhawk.
"UT Martin was the first college I took an official visit to, and immediately I felt right at home," said Fisher. "The team is so welcoming and friendly, and the coaches are amazing. It's a fairly new program and it's grown so much over the past few years."
The future Skyhawk will compete for Coach Peter Dalton, on the every growing and competitive southeast program. Coach Dalton is known for growing athlete and team potentials as he led King University through a transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II where the team finished second at the southeast regional championships in 2010, according to UTM sports.
Fisher could see potential in her career under Coach Dalton.
"Do your research and reach out to coaches, don't wait for them to reach out to you. If you're interested in a college, fill out a questionnaire or contact the coach," said Fisher. "Put yourself out there if you are serious about running at the collegiate level."
The Pace senior holds PR's of 10:59 for the 3200m, 5:13 for the 1600m, and 17:44 for the 5k. On Saturday, she will line up for her last regional meet as she continues her triumph story towards the FHSAA state finals.
Fisher strived through struggle to experience triumph -- a dream come true.