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Herriman’s Lucy Biles Has A Running List Of Achievements

May 08, 2015 10:34PM ● By Aimee L Cook

Lucy Biles finishing in the New York Relays. Photo courtesy of Herriman High School.

Lucy Biles started running her freshman year, and she hasn’t stopped. Lucy has been breaking records, winning State Championships in cross country, was nominated for Female Athlete of the Year for the Governors State of the Sports Award along with many other accolades, all while maintaining a 3.48 GPA. 

Lucy raced in the Class 5A individual state championship for Cross Country this past season and dominated the track with a record time of 17:41, giving Lucy her third consecutive state win. Lucy is also the state’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls cross country Runner of the Year, and took fifth at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional championship. Lucy finished seventh at the NXN Final, receiving All-American honors with her time of 17:41. Lucy also won the Park City Invitational, Herriman Invitational, and Region Four championship in 2014, and was runner-up at the Bob Firman Invitational. In addition, Lucy recently won the Adidas Meet of Champions Dream Mile, to qualify to race in the Adidas Grand Prixx in New York this June. Runners in this race are the best high school athletes in the country.  

“It has been a lot of fun and my honor to coach Lucy over the years,” James Barnes, Herriman High’s track coach, said. “She is the total package; the dream athlete you don’t get very often. To get a kid like her, that does everything they need to do, works hard and listens is just a lot of fun.”

Lucy has received a full scholarship to North Carolina University. Coach Barnes knows she will leave some big shoes to fill.

“I don’t know if I will ever have another Lucy but she has set a good example for the younger girls,” said Coach Barnes.                                                            l