JV girls' cross country nabs fourth straight win

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The muddy, rainy conditions of Saturday morning were not enough to slow down Sealy’s JV girls cross country team who raced to their fourth win in as many chances.

The varsity boys were also shooting for their fourth win in a row but fell just short with only two top-10 finishers.

The JV boys have been sort of the model of consistency for Head Coach Anthony Branch, registering two wins and two second-place finishes so far.

Coral Becerra again powered the JV girls’ squad with a team-best third-place finish with Trinity Hall close on her heels in fourth. Jenna Forester also registered a top-10 finish in eighth to kick things off for the Tigers.

Hattie Schalla (12th) and Hailey Artega (14th) contributed points as well as Karla Merida’s 22nd-place finish to round out a total score of 22 which was more than enough to hold off the second-place team which had 70 points.

Vladimir Hernandez and Xavier Olvera again finished 1-2 for Sealy which was 7th and 8th in the overall meet. Daniel Medrana (16th) James Gassiott (18th) and Nahol Ahmed (19th) rounded out the rest of the Tiger finishers but it was not enough to topple the host St. Thomas Episcopal Saints who registered a 44 on the scoresheet while Sealy racked up 80.

The JV boys’ also fell to the host Saints by a 25-68 margin with Cameron Eschenburg, Julius Agular, and Logan Eschenburg all finishing in the top-20 but no better than 14th overall. Cody Prause came in 22nd before Daniel Eschenburg in 32nd, Ike Konvicka in 35th and Dakota Jones in 36th.

Max Mock (50) and Thomas Kovar (54) still contributed to the meet and secured a second-overall finish for Sealy, perfectly alternating wins and runner-up finishes for the JV boys over the team’s four meets.

The Tigers now shift their focus to the final meet of the season before the ever-competitive district meet to decide who continues to move on. Coach Branch has been excited with the way his team has been progressing over the year and can’t wait to see what his teams do over the next couple weeks.

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