Three-Time State Champ Casey Keeps Winning At Llano; Wants To Add To Resume

Photo from Anna Casey.


If you’re Llano’s Anna Casey, you couldn’t ask for a better start to your high school career. She hasn’t completed her sophomore year yet, but already has three state championships under her belt.

The runner excelled in 2018 to get to that point. She kicked off the year with a pair of wins (800 meters and 1600 meters) at the UIL 4A state track meet, and ended it with a 3,200 meter victory at the UIL 4A state cross country meet.

“It’s crazy to even think about sometimes,” said Casey. “A lot of the time, it feels like I haven’t even accomplished those things. It is such a great feeling coming off of the track, knowing I gave it my all and got something in return.”

When the calendar flipped from 2018 to 2019, Casey’s winning ways didn’t slow down. That includes five regular season event wins since March 14th.

“I’m focusing on getting strategies for my races in May,” she said. “I am making sure that I have enough endurance to run to my fullest potential, without peaking too early.”

Casey’s consistent track record should set her up for more success, whether it’s additional state titles or personal-best times.

“One goal I would love to achieve is break[ing] five minutes in the mile, or 2:10 in the 800,” she said. “I know that’s going to be tough, but it’s worth a shot.”

Casey said a “big dream” of hers is “running in college”, but she hasn’t talked to any schools yet. If she had a choice between cross country and track, she knows which one she would pursue.

“I love the competition and intensity of running,” she said. “I also enjoy the feeling of crossing the finish line in first place, and that sense of pride and accomplishment I feel after a race. I definitely prefer track over cross country. I never really expected to medal in cross country, let alone win. I only really run, so I can be mentally prepared for track season.”

Casey obviously has a passion for running, but she also knows how to have fun away from sports.

“I spend my offseasons working at a coffee shop in my hometown [of Kingsland], spending time with friends, and watching The Office on Netflix,” she said.

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