Elizabeth Reneau Wins Another State Title

Elizabeth Reneau Wins Another State Title

by Steve Gamel

Winning state championships is becoming old hat for Liberty Christian’s Elizabeth Reneau.
Believe it or not, the standout senior nabbed her 11th individual state title at the TAPPS 6A cross country meet in Waco on Oct. 30. Reneau, who recently signed to run cross country and track for Duke, finished the two-mile race in 11 minutes, 19.6 seconds – 25 seconds ahead of runner-up Caroline Miller of Ursuline.

Reneau’s performance helped lift the Lady Warriors to a fifth-place finish. On the boys’ side, Jordan Gledhill finished second overall as the Warriors finished third with a team score of 81.

But back to Reneau, who has been simply unstoppable during her high school career. Of her 11 individual titles, four are in cross country. She won track titles in the 800, 1,600, and 3,200 meter runs last season, and entered that meet as the two-time defending champion in the one mile and two mile runs.

Her career accomplishments quickly caught the eye of Duke coaches and recruiting officials. Reneau told the Denton Record-Chronicle last month that she’s been talking to officials with the Blue Devils since the beginning of her junior year. She signed her official letter of intent on November 8.

“I’ve always loved Duke,” Reneau told the DRC. “The coach is great, their program is great and the overall academics is what I was looking for as well. It really checked off a lot of boxes for me.”

The scary part for the competitors that line up against Reneau every year is that she isn’t done yet. The track season will begin soon, giving her a chance to win at least three more titles – and possibly a team title – before her career ends. She’s part of a loaded Lady Warriors lineup that will have some added motivation after finishing second last year despite breaking six state records.

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