Varsity boys, JV girls cross country race to third straight victory

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In one of the best meets he’s had in his tenure in Sealy, Head Coach Anthony Branch had three of his squads finish atop the standings again, this time at the Weimar Invitational last Saturday morning.

“Man did we make huge strides as a program,” he said after the meet’s conclusion. “The kids are finally running as a pack. Probably the best we’ve run since I’ve been the head coach.”

That’s about all that needed to be said after both junior varsity teams, as well as the boys’ varsity teams, proved they were the best group of runners at the meet.

Vladimir Hernandez and Xavier Olvera flipped this week, with Hernandez registering the top Sealy spot and Olvera finishing second on the team. The pair finished 8th and 12th respectively with three Tigers finishing consecutively in 14th 15th and 16th.

James Gassiott, Nahol Ahmed and Daniel Medrana were the back-to-back-to-back finishers to finalize a score of 65 points which was more than enough to secure the win over second-place Rice Consolidated’s 88 points.

In the JV division on the boys’ side, Sealy had runners in places 4-8 as well as three more within the top-20 to get a score of 30 for their second win on the season. Cameron Eschenburg, Cody Prause, Julius Agular, Logan Eschenburg, and Dakota Jones provided the most points for their team with their top-10 finishes.

Ike Konvicka, Daniel Eschenburg and Thomas Kovar rounded out the Tiger-finishers showing signs of success for years to come.

In the girls’ JV race, four top-10 finishes powered Sealy to its third straight victory, another step in the right direction for the rebuilding girls’ side. Natalie Martinez, Hailey Artega, Hattie Schalla and Jenna Forrester finished 3, 4, 6 and 7 respectively to get the Tigers down to 38 total points.

Karla Merida finished 18th overall to round out Branch’s finishers as he now shifts his focus to one of two remaining meets left in the season.

Sept. 29’s race at the Bellaire/St. Thomas Episcopal Cross Country Invitational will be the penultimate regular-season race. The season will end at Round Top Carmine’s meet on Oct. 6 before Brookshire hosts the district meet on Oct. 10.

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