Anahuac cross country open season at Huffman Relays

In the front row, from left are Coach Ashley Sherman, Abril Alberto, Becca Henicke, Isabel Alberto and Natalia Rico; and in back are Karissa Jircik, Juanita Diaz, Lane Cormier, Chase Herrington and Jessey Staner. Not pictured: Fillippo D’Alto, Paula Lopez and Angel Meza. (Anahuac ISD photo)

The Anahuac High School Cross Country team opened the season at the Huffman Relays. This meet is a fun opener for runners, giving them the opportunity to compete relay style. Each runner starts the race for one mile and then tags their partner to run the next mile totaling four miles.  

AISD is always the smallest school to compete in this meet but gain valuable experience competing against 5A and 6A schools such as Kingwood Park, Barbers Hill, Caney Creek and Angleton. 

The morning started off with the varsity girls race. The team of seniors Karissa Jircik and Jessey Staner were the first to cross the finish line for the Anahuac Panthers. They placed 59th out of 67 teams with a time of 33:32.2. Juanita Diaz and Becca Henicke were the second Anahuac team to cross the finish line with a time of 33:58 with a 61st place finish. Isabela Alberto and Abril Alberto came in 3rd for the Anahuac team to finish 64th place with a time of 34:41. 

“Overall, this was a great start for our varsity girls division they have been working hard the past two weeks of practice focusing on mileage and the speed work will come with time as we progress in the season,” said coach Ashley Sherman. 

Chase Herrington and Lane Cormier were the lone team members in the JV boys race. They placed 45th out of 52 teams with a time of 30:43.2. 

“The competitors of our first meet were only the students who showed up before school started - we have many more joining our team in the next couple of weeks!” said Sherman.

 The next meet will be Aug. 31 in Bridge City with races starting at 9:30 a.m. 

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