Tuesday morning in Round Rock, Sealy freshmen Annabelle Williams and Allyson Guerrero represented the Lady Tigers at the Class 4A cross country championships with top-70 finishes in a race with the 120 best runners in Texas.
Williams finished 58th overall in 13:14.93 and Guerrero registered 66th overall with a time of 13:21.71 but with less than five runners, the Lady Tigers did not factor into the team competition.
For the second year in a row, Sealy had individual runners compete at the state meet with Vladimir Hernandez taking advantage of a last-minute scratch the week of last year’s meet. This year, head coach Anthony Branch took advantage of the extra practice time with the freshmen to prepare them for the top meet of the season.
In a Zoom interview before the race, Williams said she looked forward to continuing her family’s legacy at the state meet where her mother ran for the Lady Tigers at the 1990 state championship alongside two of Annabelle’s teammates' parents in Hollie Brown's mother and Cameron Eschenburg's father.
Eschenburg was also recently honored by the Texas High School Coaches Association and Texas Army National Guard with academic all-state distinction alongside classmates Coral Becerra (second-team) and Madison Manak (honorable mention). Eschenburg earned a spot on the Elite team with near-perfect scores in criteria such as moral character, being in good standing with the team and having a GPA of 92 or above.