Monday, July 22, 2019
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20190130 PHSSigningA Sharyland Pioneer High School senior already has her college plans laid out after signing on to run track at St. Edwards University.

Nydia De La Garza finalized these plans Wednesday during a signing ceremony held at her school that was attended by her coaches, family and classmates.

Thomas Lee, Athletic Director for the campus, had nothing but praise for one of his athletes.

“She’s moving on to the next level where she will continue to impress every one of her skills,” Lee said. “She is a Four-Year Letterman in Cross Country and Track and is one of the best Cross-Country runners in District 31-5A over the last four years.”

Accolades earned by De La Garza include qualifying for regionals in the last two years in cross country, earning 3rd in the 1600-meter run in varsity track her freshman year and being part of the all-State Academic Team.

At the ceremony, De La Garza thanked those in attendance.

Many of her coaches, friends and family members gave her the guidance she said she needed to excel as an athlete to be able to run Track at St. Edwards, where she said she planned to study kinesiology.

“I’m grateful for having all you guys here, a lot of you helped me through a roadblock I hit my sophomore year and this year I am excited to see what track has in store,” De La Garza said. “I wasn’t competing as well as I was in practice that year and all of them helped me realize I had so much potential. They all told me I’m more than I think I am and once I started believing it, I started excelling.”

Coach Lee said De La Garza was the third PHS athlete to sign to a college this month, with many more to come within the next two months.