Liberty’s Elizabeth Reneau Keeps on Winning . . . and Winning

Liberty’s Elizabeth Reneau Keeps on Winning . . . and Winning

By Steve Gamel

When Liberty Christian junior Elizabeth Reneau qualified for the Nike Nationals at the end of 2016, many people had every reason to coin the opportunity as the perfect end to a perfect season.

But Reneau still had the rest of her junior year to go. And to no one’s surprise, she made the most of it.

Reneau won three gold medals at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state track meet held during the first weekend in May, winning the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs in blistering time. But that wasn’t the most awe-inspiring part. Reneau now has 10 individual state titles and one team title and is clearly beginning to run out of room in her trophy case.

Along with the latest wins, she has three state titles in cross country and is now a three-time defending state champion in both the one-mile and two-mile runs. She helped Liberty win a track title her freshman year.

“A lot of hard work poured into that, and obviously it’s exciting because I get to see the fruits of my labor,” Reneau said in a Liberty Christian press release shortly after the event. “This has been a crazy rollercoaster journey, and last weekend was definitely a high.”

Running three events – and winning them all – at the same event is a massive accomplishment. She ran the 800 in 2 minutes, 15.52 seconds, the 1,600 in 5:00.29, and the 3,200 in 10:43.16.

Her three finishing times were all new state records.

The performance overall nearly helped Liberty’s girls team claim a state title. The Lady Warriors broke six state records, three by Reneau, and fell only eight points shy of state champion, Houston St. Agnes. Freshman Izzy Hopkins won both the 100 and 200 sprints with times of 12.34 and 25.67, respectively.

Hopkins was also on the 400-relay team with Alex Dais, Natalie Grigg, and Maddie Willet, which finished with a time of 48.47. Liberty’s 800-relay also won a gold medal.

“We are going to graduate five or six really strong girls, but for the younger ones, they are studs, too,” Reneau said. “There aren’t many young ones who can come in and do what these girls have been able to do. Izzy will obviously be someone to look forward to for a long time.”


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