Olivia Hinojosa competes at state meet

Olivia Hinojosa competes at state meet
Olivia Hinojosa and her father, Coach Richard Hinojosa, are all smiles after Olivia’s final high school race. Olivia is an eight-time state runner, having qualified for the state meet in each of her four years of high school during both the fall cross-country and spring track seasons.

La Vernia senior Olivia Hinojosa closed out a stellar high school running career at Mike Meyers Stadium on the University of Texas at Austin last weekend. She ran a season-best time in the 3,200-meter run and finished fifth in state.

After a 30-minute lightning delay, the state’s nine qualifiers faced off in a steady rain. The pace was fast from the start, and Hinojosa came through the first 1,600 meters in 5:36.

“At one point I was in ninth,” she said. “I felt confident enough that I could catch a couple, and strong enough to shake a couple more off.”

Hinojosa, who is a four-time state qualifier in both cross country and track, is a former state cross-country bronze medalist, a state silver medalist in the 3,200-meter run, led two Lady Bear cross-country teams to state silver medal finishes, and holds the La Vernia High School records in both the 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run. She is a Texas Girls Coaches Association Academic All-State athlete in both cross-country and track. Hinojosa was also the TxRunning.com Freshman Cross-Country Runner of the Year in 2011.

“I couldn’t be prouder of Olivia,” said Richard Hinojosa -- her coach and father. “It’s been a great ride. I remember her first race in seventh grade. I remember them all.”

Hinojosa finished the race in fifth place with a season-best time of 11:31.66.

Hinojosa plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall where she will study biomedical engineering. When asked if his daughter had any plans to run in college, Coach Hinojosa said, “just from class to class.”

Congratulations on a great career, Olivia, and good luck in Aggieland.