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Track Star Abby ‘27 Shows No Sign of Slowing Down

Abigail Anstett ‘27 is making waves in the world of high school athletics with her exceptional talent and unwavering determination on the track. Currently ranked #6 nationally for the freshman mile, she has been a standout runner this year.

Known for her speed, endurance, and competitive spirit, Abby has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in both regional and national competitions. Abby’s journey to success on the track is a testament to her dedication and passion for the sport. Since joining the Georgetown Visitation team, she has consistently pushed herself to new heights, setting personal records along the way.

This fall on cross country, Abby finished first place in the girls’ 5K invitational at the Adidas XC in Cary, NC. She shattered the 3,200 record with a 10:52.08 finish at DCSAA this winter for indoor track. And then, this past week, she won the freshman mile race at New Balance Indoor Nationals - and, at the event, helped her distance medley relay team earn All-American status (including Madison '24, Coco '26, and Vivian '25) when they placed sixth and broke the school record by 20 seconds.

Back in the fall, she told the Washington Post after the Adidas invitational results, “I didn’t really expect this to happen, but it’s really exciting.”

That’s still how she feels today. Abby sees her performance thus far as one step on the journey: “There's a lot of years to come and a lot more work to do. I want to improve more. It’s nice to see how my work pays off,” she said.

Looking ahead, Abby shows no signs of slowing down as she continues to pursue her passion for running. With her sights set on future competitions and opportunities, she remains focused and determined to achieve even greater success in the sport she loves.

“I want to take time off my [race] times,” she said, adding, “By the end of the season, to drop those and put in hard work, let’s see where that takes me.”

She’s excited for how the team is working together. They placed third at DCSAA this winter, and she’d like to see them reach second or even first place this spring. “We want to secure our spot as a team,” Abby said.

"[Abby] has established herself as one of the top distance runners in the DMV," said Coach Kevin Hughes. "What we hope to see, and I am sure that we will, is the continued growth of a great teammate and student. She has a very bright running future in front of her."