Athlete of the Week: Sherando’s Ubert enjoying smooth transition to varsity level

Camryn Ubert Rich Cooley/Daily

STEPHENS CITY — Freshman Camryn Ubert’s early-season success for Sherando’s cross country squad shouldn’t be a surprise.

Ubert has been running races since second grade, and has even run some triathlons.

“Obviously, she’s been around it for a long time,” Sherando coach Jamie McCarty said. “That’s always good, and when you get into this level it never hurts to have that experience to fall back on. You’re much more inclined to be able to adapt to different situations, different courses, because you’ve seen all those things before.

“So, I think that’s made her transition easy.”

Ubert won her first varsity race on Saturday, winning the Stonewall Jackson Invitational with a time of 20:14.16.

The victory helped earn Ubert The Northern Virginia Daily’s Female Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 21-Sept. 27.

Ubert said she started out in third, and around the 2-mile mark made her move.

“At the second mile I started speeding up, and I caught the first two runners,” Ubert said. “Then I passed them. Then the last mile I was in first, and I didn’t know how far I was in front. So, I just kept a strong pace for the last mile and I finished.”

McCarty said that one of his rules is that all freshmen run at the junior varsity level for the first two invitationals of the season. He said Ubert finished first and second in the first two JV races, before moving up to varsity, where she has now run three races and been Sherando’s No. 1 runner in each race.

Ubert said the move to varsity was made easier by her teammates.

“They are very welcoming, great friends,” Ubert said. “Everyone on the team is like family to me. I appreciate their effort to make me feel part of the team.”

Ubert said she started running in second grade, and ran on a few club teams over the years. She said she really enjoys the sport.

“I’ve gotten a lot of friendships from running,” Ubert said. “I’ve gotten to know a lot of people. I just really like the sport.”

McCarty said that Ubert’s competitiveness and natural athleticism are two of her strengths.

He said she’s improved since she started working out with the team this summer, and she’s also gotten stronger.

“She’s gotten a lot better,” McCarty said. “She’s gotten a lot stronger, physically stronger, as far as body strength and doing core work and things like that. Just the whole thing is starting to come together for her.”

In her first varsity race of the season on Sept. 12, Ubert finished 13th in the Knights Crossing Invitational at Cave Spring. She finished with her season-best time of 19:26.

Ubert said she her two biggest goals are to run in less than 19 minutes, and for the team to qualify for the state meet. The girls team won the Stonewall Jackson Invitational, and Ubert said she believes they will continue to get better as the season goes on.

“I think by the end of the season we’ll all be on the same page,” Ubert said. “I think we’ll do well. Everyone’s very nice to each other, but they’re also very competitive with each other and that pushes us to do better and go further.”

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