Two runners place in UIL State Cross Country Championship


Photo provided by Aaliya Fazel

Senior Aaliya Fazel competes in the 5k UIL State Cross Country Championship. Fazel beat her personal 5k record of 18:03 by seven seconds.

The cross country team competed at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) 5k state championship on Nov. 3.

Out of 152 runners, senior Myles Richter placed fifth with a 15:04 run and senior Aaliya Fazel placed 19th out of 160 runners with a 17:56 run.

“My usual race plan is to start toward the back and work my way up which I did very well,” Fazel said. “I knew it was going to be fast so I was definitely hoping to PR (beat a personal record) – my previous PR was 18:03 and I ended up running a 17:56 – and I was hoping for top ten placement, but I didn’t make it.”

Fazel’s and Richter’s performance in the 5k placed them among the top five fastest Hebron runners ever.

“It [has] definitely always been one of my goals since my freshman year,” Fazel said. “I’ve been surrounded by elite runners, so I always wanted to be performing up there with them. Getting up there meant a lot to me.”

The team is now preparing for its post-championship season runs, like the Nike South Regional on Nov. 17 and Foot Locker South Regional on Nov. 24