After about lap three, Tania Lillich could feel the difference.
Maybe it was the spring-like temperatures or calm winds, or maybe it was the familiarity of running on the same track on which she practices on five days a week. Whatever the factors may have been, the Alice High School junior ran the fastest two-mile run of her high school track career.
Lillich, a long-distance specialist and a regional cross county qualifier this fall, won the varsity girls 3,200-meter run at the beginning of the annual Alice Hub City Relays in Memorial Stadium Thursday afternoon. Lillich set a personal record in the event with a time of 12:37.
“It felt good,” Lillich said of the run. “I always want to do my best, but I felt more relaxed today than in any other race.”
Alice long distance coach Denise Garcia said Lillich began the season well and has steadily improved.
“She’s been getting better every time she runs,” Garcia said. “She’s been great. She’s getting better and better and better.”
Alice freshman Rita Castillo trailed Lillich and placed third with a time of 13:02.
The Alice boys also earned points in the 3,200-meter run when junior Sam Salinas took second place in the event with a time of 10:26.
The 3,200-meter run was the first running event of the track and field meet Thursday.