2017 State Champion: 800m @ LHSAA Track & Field State Meet

2019 Track Athlete of the Year

Lafayette Daily Advertiser

19 Individual State Championships

Louisiana Class B

  • 2019 Track: 1600m, 800m (2nd in 400m)
  • 2018 Track: 1600m, 800m, 400m (3rd in 3200m) (Outstanding Athlete)
  • 2017 Cross Country
  • 2017 Track: 1600m, 800m, 4x400m (2nd in 3200m)
  • 2016 Cross Country
  • 2016 Track: 3200m, 1600m, 800m, 4x400m (Outstanding Athlete)
  • 2015 Cross Country
  • 2015 Track: 3200m, 1600m, 800m, 4x400m (Outstanding Athlete)

9 Team State Championships

Louisiana Class B - Episcopal School of Acadiana

  • 2019 Girls Track & Field
  • 2018 Girls Track & Field
  • 2017 Girls Cross Country
  • 2017 Girls Track & Field
  • 2016 Girls Cross Country
  • 2016 Girls Track & Field
  • 2015 Girls Cross Country

US Youth Soccer

  • 2015 CSC Rage '01
  • 2014 CSC Rage '01

SportsKid of the Month

Sports Illustrated Kids - 11/2015

Samantha Withers

Samantha ('Sam') Withers is a member of the Class of 2019 at the Episcopal School of Acadiana (ESA). She is an excellent student (4.02 GPA), and is active at many levels at ESA.

  • Class President (2017-2019)
    Class Vice President (2016-2017)
    Student Council Representative (2013-2015)
  • Cum Laude (2019)
    National Honor Society (2017-2019)
    Junior National Honor Society (2014)
  • 2017, 2018 ESA Sydney Hebert Athlete of the Year
    2015 ESA Middle School Athlete of the Year
  • 2018 Yale Book Award
    2015 Martha Annan Cooper Citizenship Award

She letters in track, soccer, and cross-country, and is very accomplished in all three.

Sam is looking for a challenging college experience. It's too early to tell what she'd like to major in, but she likes math, science, French, and biology.

While she was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, Sam is also very well-traveled: in addition to having crisscrossed the United States, she has visited 20 countries on 4 continents.

Cross Country

Samantha began running cross country in the 6th grade, following in the footsteps of her cousin, Kira Miklos, who was a winning high school cross-country athlete in Colorado. She soon found that she had a talent for the sport.

She has been at it now for 6 years, and is getting stronger every year. Currently, she has been the State Champion (Class B) in the sport for 3 of the last 4 years, and is a part of the Cross Country All-State Teams for the last 4 years. Her PR in the 3-mile is 19.02.

Champion, 2015 LHSAA Cross Country State Meet Champion
2015 LHSAA Cross Country State Meet

ESA Varsity Cross Country Coach: Laura Magann (lmagann4@yahoo.com).

Sam's LHSAA State Meet Finishes

Year Time Place
2018 21:59 2nd
2017 19:29 1st
2016 19:43 1st
2015 19:43 1st
2014 21:33 2nd
2013 20:55 4th
2012 21:40 12th
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Sam started running track in the spring of her 7th grade year. She quickly distinguished herself in the distance events, and by the end of the year had qualified to run the 800m at the LHSAA Track & Field State Meet, where she finished 3rd. That only fueled her fire...

2017 State Champions: LHSAA Track & Field State MeetState Champions 2017

She is currently the 5-time State Champion (Class B) in both the 1600m and 800m and set three PRs in the State Championship meet. She was voted the Outstanding Athlete at the 2015, 2016, and 2018 LHSAA State Meets (Class B). The ESA Girls Track & Field Team has won the LHSAA State Championship each of the last four years (2016-2019).

ESA Varsity Track Coach: Laura Magann (lmagann4@yahoo.com).

Track Awards

Episcopal School of Acadiana
  • LHSAA Track & Field State Meet
    Winner 800, 1600; Runner Up 400m (all PRs)
  • LHSAA Track & Field State Meet
    Outstanding Athlete (Class B)
    Winner 800, 1600, 400; Third in 3200m
  • LHSAA Track & Field State Meet
    Winner 800, 1600, 4x400; Runner Up 3200m
  • LHSAA Track & Field State Meet
    Outstanding Athlete (Class B)
    Winner 800, 1600, 3200, 4x400
    2015, 2016
  • Regional Track & Field Meet
    Outstanding Track Athlete
    2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


Samantha's been playing soccer competitively since she was 4 years old. She loves the game, and plays it at a very high level.

At this point in her career, she's played almost every position on the field. Currently, she starts on her varsity team as forward (and occasionally, midfielder or defender). ESA went to the state championship in both 2018 and 2019.

CSC Rage 01 - 2015 Louisiana State Soccer Champions CSC Rage '01 - 2015 Louisiana State Soccer Champions

ESA Varsity Soccer Coach: Stephen Devine (sdevine@esacadiana.com).

Soccer Awards

Select & High School Teams


'She works hard and she doesn’t back down from anything.'
Sarina Lapeyrouse, ESA Girls Track Coach
  • Sports Illustrated Kids
  • Baton Rouge Advocate
  • Lafayette Advertiser
  • Quick Slants - youth sports magazine

Are you a college coach interested in Samantha?

Sorry, Sam is now running for Rhodes College. Go Lynx!