Hebron Cross Country
The Hebron varsity girls' cross country team finished fifth at the UIL Class 6A State Championship at Old Settlers' Park in Round Rock on Saturday, Nov. 7. It was the school's second-highest finish after claiming the team title a year ago. Flower Mound Marcus took the team title, marking the second year in a row that a school from the Lewisville Independent School District was named champion.
Senior Anna Elkin finished fifth overall, running the sloppy, muddy 5K course in 19:03.08. Sophomore Abby Riordan finished eighth overall in 19:07.26. Hebron was the only school with two top-10 finishers, the second year in a row for that recognition. Elkin's fifth place finish was the highest by a Hebron girl since Tia Martinez won the Class 4A individual title for Hebron in 2003.
Freshman Aaliya Fazel finished 46th overall with a time of 20:09.17, sophomore Kaitlyn Irving was 50th in 20:18.20 and junior Hannah Pettigrew was 102nd in 21:06.12. Rounding out the top seven for Hebron were junior Amanda Case, 130th in 22:05.69 and sophomore Madeleine Turner was 133rd in 22:16.71.
“I thought both Anna and Abby ran great,” said Hebron Head Coach Jason Grennier. “We talked about how hard it would be to move during the race, and to be able to finish in the top ten, that they would need to get into that position early on.”
“As for the team overall, with all of the adversity that they had to overcome this season, for them to come here and get fifth, was really, really good,” continued Grennier. “A lot of people didn't even pick us to get out of our region, or to get out of the district, so with everything we overcame to get here, I was really, really proud of the girls.”
Senior Drew Cummings was an individual qualifier in the boys' championship race, finishing 65th overall with a time of 17:34.22.
“For Drew to get back here two years in a row, was a great accomplishment – not a lot of guys do that,” said Grennier. “I'm really proud of the way he went out and competed and to get back here his senior year was a big achievement.”
The Hawks completed their UIL season with the State Championship meet. Some runners will compete as the Hebron Running Club at the Nike Cross South Regional in The Woodlands on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Cross Country Team Accolades
"Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."
-PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian