Continuing the tradition of funneling outstanding athletes to the collegiate ranks, Kingwood cross country and distance runner Abby Guidry picks up where Sandie Raines left off at the University of Texas.
Guidry, a 2016 Kingwood High School graduate, competed on the Longhorns’ track team as well as the cross country team as a freshman alongside senior Raines, another former Kingwood standout.
While Raines was finishing up her career at Texas in stellar fashion, Guidry was getting a taste of competing at the college level. On the cross country team, Guidry ran in five of the six meets on the Longhorns’ schedule. She ran third at the Texas Invitational (10:35.25) in her college debut.
Guidry rounded out her initial season on the cross country team by placing 37th (21:58.3) at the Big 12 Championships and 31st (21:31.3) at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships.
In her indoor track debut with the Longhorns, Guidry set a personal best time of 9:47.72 in the 3,000 meters at the Armory Track Invitational and also ran a leg of the distance medley relay that placed third (11:34.14) at the Big 12 Championships.
She also ran with the distance medley relay team during the outdoor season, which placed third (11:35.23) at the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
A two-time All-Stater in cross country at Kingwood, she helped lead the Lady Mustangs to three consecutive top-four team finishes at the UIL State Meet. As a member of the Kingwood track and field team, Guidry ran fourth in the 3,200 and fifth in the 1,600 as a senior at the UIL State Meet.
She looks ahead to continuing her college career, taking the baton passed down from Raines.