TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Michael and Sarah Holcomb, siblings and state
cross-country champions from Sequoyah High School recently appeared in the
pages of Sports Illustrated (SI). The two were featured in SI's "Faces in
the Crowd" section in the Dec. 27 issue.
Sports Illustrated chose the Holcombs, who live in Vian, Okla. for the
section because of their outstanding accomplishments while running
crosscountry for Sequoyah High School (SHS).
Sarah, a sophomore at SHS, was the first female runner to cross the finish
line at the state cross-country competition, making her the female
individual state champion for Oklahoma. She and her teammates earned second
place in the overall team competition.
"I'm real excited about being in there," said Sarah Holcomb. "I never
thought I would be in it. I feel honored."
Michael, a senior at SHS, was a member of the boys' cross-country team that
won first place at the state competition for the second time in a row. The
SHS boys' cross-country team has won seven state championship titles since
the school began competing in cross-country.
"I am really proud of them," said their mother, Sherry Holcomb. "They've
worked really hard."
"The Holcombs are great representatives of the school and of Cherokee
Nation," said Gina Stanley, superintendent of SHS.
Both are citizens of the Cherokee Nation and members of the Sequoyah High
School team that recently won first place in the annual Cherokee Language
Bowl, a competition that encourages youth to speak Cherokee.