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Biles Wins Third Straight Cross Country Title

Nov 06, 2014 07:32AM ● By Greg James

Lucy Biles won the individual 5A state girls cross country championship Oct. 22 at Sugarhouse Park. Photo courtesy of

Herriman High School senior Lucy Biles showed everyone her cross country running dominance and helped the Mustangs girls place fourth overall at state. 

“Lucy is the real deal, an All-American and one of the best runners in the country. She is a great kid to have on the team. She has the ability and a work ethic that is second to none. She listens and does what I ask her to with a good attitude,” Herriman head cross country coach James Barnes said.

Biles started running as a freshman and placed 41st at the state tournament that year. In 2012, she was 4A state champion and won the 5A title in 2013 and again in this season. 

On Oct. 22, she ran the 3-mile course in 17:41.0, winning by 2.4 seconds over Davis High School’s Aubrey Argyle. Her three championship race times are among the top 10 fastest times recorded at the Sugarhouse Park race venue.

“She has done well. It has been fun to watch her progress and have lots of new exciting opportunities. She ran at the Nike Nationals in Oregon as a sophomore and the Foot Locker Nationals last season, and she went to Nike Elite Camp at Nike headquarters to train with Nike Elite athletes,” Lucy’s mother Dianna Biles said.

Biles placed third in last season’s Foot Locker Individual West Regionals in Walnut, Calif. She also finished seventh at the National Finals in San Diego, Calif.

“Lucy is a normal teenager. She likes to run, sleep and socialize with her friends. She is very competitive. She loves running and making friends. Some of her best friends are kids she competes against from around the state. She does not like me to yell at her when she runs. She is focused, and I am excited for her,” Dianna Biles said.