Athlete of the Week:
Thomas Jefferson High School’s Alyssa Murray, girls cross-country, was selected as the Federal Way Mirror Female Athlete of the Week for Nov. 9.
Q: What is your favorite subject/class in school?
A: Yoga class.
Q: What other activities/hobbies do you participate in?
A: I also do softball, wrestling, skating and track.
Q: Person who has helped you succeed the most?
A: My mom.
Q: Do you have a pregame/competition ritual or postgame tradition, and what is it?
A: Eating pasta the night before.
Q: Song you currently can’t get enough of?
A: “I Like That” by Janelle Monae.
From the sideline: Alyssa Murray led the TJHS girls cross-country team to qualify as a team to the WIAA State XC Championship meet in Pasco for the first time since 2011, finishing 14th overall with a 5K time of 19:43. The girls team finished 4th at the West Central District meet out of 19 teams (top seven teams qualify for state.) As a junior, she is a two-time state qualifier and is the NPSL Olympic Division “Athlete of the Year” where she also led the girls TJ team to its first league meet championship title in 11 years. She is an excellent student with a cumulative GPA of 3.97.