Anna senior Raye Moran placed seventh in the Class 4A 800-meter run at the UIL state track and field meet on Friday, May 12, at Austin’s Mike A. Myers Stadium on the UT campus. Moran’s time was 2 minutes, 19.89 seconds.

“Raye Moran competed well at the state track and field meet, despite encountering some very stiff competition,” Anna girls head coach Hoot Jones said. “The top three finishers ran in the 2:14s — very fast for this classification. After those three girls … ran an aggressive first 200 (meters), Raye and the next group of competitors found themselves 15 meters behind the top three. They had to battle to try to make up the distance, but were unable to close the gap.”

Jones said Moran’s career at Anna has been marked by steady advancement.

“Raye progressed to a higher level each of the last four track and cross country seasons. She is definitely not the same runner today as she was at the beginning of her freshman year, as she was not on anyone’s radar,” Jones said. “Her physical, emotional and mental maturity increased as she worked. She sometimes took two steps forward, then occasionally one step back, but always followed with another step or two forward. That persistence and determination served her well. I think she may have only scratched the surface of her true potential. She has worked herself onto many college radars.”