The Sealy Tigers showed up and showed off at the penultimate regular season race in Weimar, winning the varsity and junior varsity boys’ races thanks in part to four top-10 finishes in both competitions.
In the varsity ranks, Sealy was led by junior Vladimir Hernandez yet again, crossing the finish line in a personal-record 16:32 for a 3-mile course, right on target for where he and his head coach wanted him to be.
“He has been very focused and very driven in what he wants to accomplish,” Tiger head coach Anthony Branch said of Hernandez. “He’s taken it up a notch and the goal was to run 16:30 or better so to be only two seconds off that is great.”
Behind him was Daniel Medrano who, as only a sophomore, has taken major strides in improving as well and took sixth overall.
“He’s really grown, we could tell last year he had trouble staying focused in the race, but this year is different,” Branch said.
Next in line was Xavier Olvera, who finished seventh with an identical time to Medrano’s while also showing major signs of improvement.
“He was right up there with Daniel and grabbed another PR,” Branch said of Olvera. “He’s grown a little bit; his strides are a little longer now and he’s already got the speed to go along with it.”
Continuing the trend of personal records was James Gassiott, who took ninth overall in 17:49 to remain Branch’s Mr. Consistent.
Julius Aguilar was the No. 5 runner for the Tigers and supplied a PR of his own in 18:36 to earn 21st just a few days after playing in a junior varsity football game.
Cameron Eschenburg grabbed 52nd overall to round out the Sealy team score to 42, a 43-point lead over second-place East Bernard.
For the girls on the varsity level, Branch was pleased with how the top Lady Tiger finisher in that race has been coming along.
“Things are really playing off for Trinity (Hall),” the coach said. “She had to work even harder to run in the humidity and did a great job,” eventually taking 40th overall in 14:47.
Hollie Brown (58), Coral Becerra (78) and Madison Manak (97) rounded out Sealy’s girl runners with one meet remaining before district competition although Branch mentioned a Thursday meet in Bay City remaining a possibility for some extra work.
In the junior varsity ranks, Rosa Alvarez (6) was the first Lady Tiger across with Hailey Arteaga (8), Jenna Forrester (10), Jada Burton (13), Hattie Schalla (15) and Karla Merida (31) not far behind for a team total of 40, just 18 points behind the winning Giddings Buffalo.
For the Sealy boys who ran junior varsity, Logan Eschenburg won the race in 20:49 and had a trio of teammates close on his heels in Daniel Eschenburg (3), Rudy Nava (4) and Eric Fredriksson (5) keeping the team score low.
Colby Eschenburg (13), Cody Prause (14), Brayden Ashorn (19), Max Mock (29), Swayeb Ahmed (54) and Jacob Montoya (55) is how the rest of the Tigers finished for Branch, earning a nine-point cushion in front of second-place Giddings in the team race.
Sealy closes out the regular season with a trip to Houston this Saturday morning for the Cardinal Invitational at Bellaire High School.