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Fitzgibbon Top Elizabethtown Finisher at Cross Country Invitational

Sophomore Melissa Fitzgibbon racing at the Inter-Regional Border Battle.
Sophomore Melissa Fitzgibbon racing at the Inter-Regional Border Battle.

Glassboro, N.J. – Sophomore Melissa Fitzgibbon was Elizabethtown’s top female finisher at the Inter-Regional Border Battle hosted at DREAM Park in Gloucester County at 11 a.m. on Oct. 19.

Fitzgibbon and the rest of the Elizabethtown women’s cross country team competed in the Division III Women’s Championship 6,000 meter race on this sunny fall day.

Nationally and regionally ranked teams such as Johns Hopkins, Dickinson, SUNY Geneseo, and Carnegie Mellon competed alongside Elizabethtown.

Racing under breezy and cool weather conditions, the women’s varsity team placed 12th in the field of 27 teams with an average time of 23:25.

Races are scored by assigning a point value for the finishing place of every runner. For instance, if a runner finishes first, they will earn one point.

The top five individual performers on each team compose their team’s final score, and the goal is to score the lowest number possible.

The Elizabethtown women finished with a total of 339 points. Fitzgibbon, junior Kaitlin Donahue, senior Erin Doherty, sophomore Brooklyne Wiley, and senior Courtney Gelb rounded out the team’s top five finishers.

Fitzgibbon stated that she didn’t have the performance she wanted, but she still has high hopes for the rest of the season.

“I thought that my race wasn’t my best, but even though I wasn’t where I wanted to be, it taught me that bad races are okay to happen,” Fitzgibbon said. “Coming out of this meet, we all learned a lot about how to improve as a team, and as we go into the next few weeks, we are going to work hard and be optimistic as we approach the end of the season.”

Hallie Weaver, sophomore psychology major who ran 24:30, agreed with what Fitzgibbon stated and noted that she was also dissatisfied with her performance. “I wasn’t very happy with how I did, but I feel that it wasn’t a true representation of how the season is going,” Weaver said.

Weaver articulated that she is going to use this race as a learning experience and focus on the rest of the season.

“After reflecting and looking forward, I have learned from my mistakes and want to keep a positive attitude going into Conferences,” Weaver noted. “I believe that I will run much better in the upcoming races.”

Courtney Gelb, senior occupational therapy major, was pleased with her race after she ran her personal best.

“I’m happy about my race because it was a personal record by 50 seconds,” Gelb stated. “I’m also happy because I had a positive mindset throughout the race and that helped me believe that I was capable of running a faster time.”

Even though the team did not have the overall performance they wanted, the team goal has not changed as they still want to qualify for the national championships.

The Elizabethtown women’s cross country team will compete in their regional meet on Nov. 16. This meet will determine if the team can achieve their ultimate goal of running at nationals.  

The student becomes the teacher

Spin class bikes located on the second floor of the Bowers Center.

Elizabethtown, Pa. – At the beginning of the 2019 fall semester, Elizabethtown College students began attending and leading fitness classes at the newly constructed Bowers Center.

A wide variety of group fitness classes are offered every week that accommodate different fitness needs. These classes include body weight workouts, core conditioning, running techniques, Tabata, HIIT, pound, spinning, Zumba and yoga.

Fitness sessions last for 30 to 60 minutes. If interested, one can sign up through to see a full schedule of available classes. Anyone can reserve a spot in a fitness class up to a week in advance.

If an individual is looking for high-intensity workouts, they should check out student-led classes such as Full Body Tabata, Group Fit HIIT, Spin and Escape Move It.

The Tabata method alternates between 20 seconds of maximum effort movement and 10 seconds of rest. This is repeated eight times to create an exhausting full body workout.

HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a mode of training where participants work hard for intense bursts of exercise followed by short recovery periods. The goal of this workout is to keep the heart rate up to burn more fat in a shorter period of time.

Move It provides a high intensity functional training program that engages members of every fitness level. The class is created to achieve maximal post exercise benefits of HIIT training.

Anajulia Blanch, Group Fitness Coordinator and Instructor, teaches Move It and wants everyone to explore every fitness class offered.

“I totally encourage people to try something new when it comes to their fitness journey, so you don’t conform to one way of fitness,” Blanch said. “I love seeing people push themselves. It takes a lot of courage to try something new, so seeing them mold into a new fitness style and to see them feel accomplished after getting a move right is very rewarding.”

Spin class is a high intensity cycling workout that uses stationary bikes. This class focuses on endurance, strength and high intensity intervals.

If anyone wants to enhance their strength and flexibility, they can register for Pilates or yoga.

Pilates focuses on controlling one’s movements in order to increase flexibility and gain strength.

Emily Spangler, Pilates fitness instructor, notes that the class is mostly focused on stretching and strengthening one’s body.

“It’s not super high impact, but you’re still getting a full body  workout and feel good when you’re done,” Spangler said.

Yoga classes focus on body alignment and implement relaxation techniques to increase awareness of the body and healthy movement.

Cassidy Dunn, sophomore at Elizabethtown College, has taken many of the above classes and highlights the best parts of being involved in fitness classes.

“I love being able to exercise with friends and meet new people through the new classes,” Dunn said.

To find out more information, ask questions or clarify any concerns, contact

Senior Blue Jay Ready For Flight


Name: Megan White

Major(s): Professional Writing and Graphic Design

Year: Senior, 2020

Why did you pick your major?

Megan chose Professional Writing because she wants to work in book editing after graduation. In addition, Megan chose to add the Graphic Design Major to her workload because of her interest in photography.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Megan is looking forward to graduating in May, and she wants to learn more about different fields in her majors so she can be fully prepared for her future career.