Senior Davis Bly has been running for seven years now, six of them for cross country and track. While he started off just running for fun, eventually he decided that he wanted to be part of a team and take it to the next level.
“At first I wasn’t really interested in joining, and just wanted to run for myself. But eventually I realized I wanted to be part of a team, and really liked that aspect of it,” said Bly.
Although he was part of his middle school team, he started to emphasize running in high school. Bly has earned a variety of achievements in both cross country as well as track. He previously held the freshman and sophomore records, and currently has the third best personal record in Steinbrenner history.
“I went to states for track last year, and even though I didn’t do well at all, it was still really cool going since it’s so hard to make it out of both districts and regionals. I also got some records for the two-mile in freshman and sophomore year,” said Bly
Bly also works with the Boss Cross team in volunteering with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, which has been happening for the past two summers. The team members spend time exercising with the dogs in order to get them outside, as well as work to try and get the dogs adopted.
“A big part of it is running with the dogs, since they have to spend most of their lives locked up in cages, and while they get taken outside, it’s not very far. All of the dogs enjoy getting taken to a park and getting to run with us,” said Bly.
In terms of academics, Bly works hard to keep his grades up while balancing them with his cross country schedule.
“Because I’m focusing on running after school, sometimes I don’t have a lot of time for school work itself, which makes it a little bit harder to get stuff done. I still make it work when I can though, I have a study hall period and stuff like that helps me get it all done,” said Bly.
Despite his busy schedule, he has done remarkable with his school work. He currently has a 3.97 GPA and continues to maintain exceptional grades. Next year Bly hopes to attend the University of Florida to study something related to math or science. Although he doesn’t think he will be on the cross country team at the start, he does hope to eventually join at some point.
“My first year I may try and relax a little bit, but I do think I’m going to try and walk onto their team, and just keep working, improving and trying to make it onto their varsity team.”
While this school year will be Bly’s final season on cross country and track, he hopes to continue to improve his personal record, and enjoy running with his teammates.
Grace Becker // News Editor