Ravenscraft

Harrison’s Maddy Ravenscraft will attend Georgia Southern University to study athletic training.

Maddy Ravenscraft is a true triple-threat.

In her time with at Harrison, Ravenscraft amassed 12 varsity letters. A cross country runner, swimmer and track and field athlete, the feat was never out of the ordinary. It was something she had her eyes set on for many years.

“It was definitely something that was on my mind then,” Ravenscraft said, referring to her middle-school years. “It is one thing I look forward to every year, and it was something I have always wanted to do, so I tried really hard to actually do it.”

However, Ravenscraft’s accomplishments did not come without challenges, especially during her senior season.

Ravenscraft, who helped Harrison win the 2017 Class AAAAAA cross country state championship as a freshman, came into the cross country season with a nagging injury. It was a nuisance that carried over into her swim season, where she competed in the 500-yard freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 medley relay, and was a team captain.

Yet, Ravenscraft pushed through and lettered.

Her final blow came not long into her spring sport — track and field — with the cancellation of sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was hard. I was definitely bummed. My injury had gotten better, and I had a lot of goals that I was trying to get for the season,” Ravenscraft said.

With the track season — one of her more competitive seasons where she was expected to compete in the distance and relay events — canceled, Ravenscraft again had to exercise patience and perseverance.

While her next steps do not involve completing in college, they will include the lessons she learned from her athletic career. Ravenscraft said she owes much of her success to her three sports.

Ravenscraft plans on continuing to run and swim recreationally at Georgia Southern University, where she plans on studying athletic training.

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