By Ralph Epifanio
If the name Sabrina Guzsvany doesn't sound familiar, it will only be a matter of time before it does. The 2010 Spruce Creek graduate is currently a 19 year old freshman and recent (January) addition to the Stetson Cross Country team, and if her first two races are any indication of her potential, she will be one of Stetson's leading performers in the seasons to come.
Sabrina is almost as new to running as she is to the Stetson Athletics program. While at Spruce Creek High School, she was a swimmer for all four years, and its team captain for two. She specialized in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breast Stroke.
"I didn't want to swim in college," the psychology/pre-law major explained. "I was always pretty good at running; I played soccer in seventh and eighth grades in Ashburn (a suburb of Washington D.C.), and would always win the sprints."
Her first race was on September 19, 2010, the Hospice of Volusia County 5K.
"I trained the week before--two miles for three days-and ran 21:30; the first race I ever ran.
That placed her 22nd overall, second woman, and first in her (15-19) age group (while she was still 18).
Her next race, the February 19th Healthy Heart 5K was, like the first, in her home town of Port Orange. Running alongside fellow freshman, Andrew Epifanio, she won the overall female trophy with her second 5K PR in as many races: 19:55. That time would have easily placed her second among the best times of the current Stetson women's squad.
Epifanio, incidentally, has been on a tear himself. On January 29th he came in second in the Daytona 5K-a 3.1 mile race around the Daytona International Speedway-in a personal best time of 16:40. A week later (February 5th) he won the Our Lady of Lourde's 5K (Ormond Beach) in 17:09. And on February 19th, he came in second in the Healthy Heart 10K in yet another PR, 34:21. (The 10K preceded the 5K.)