HUMBOLDT ? Elizabeth ?Lulu? Melendez has taken the Humboldt High cross country scene by storm. Despite being a freshman, Melendez is the Lady Cubs? fastest runner who began training as a middle-schooler.
Current Crest head coach, Kaitlyn Dispensa, worked with Melendez during the seventh-grade track season. Dispensa said that Lulu started out in the 15-minute range for the mile distance, but by the end of the year had shaved her time by two minutes. Dispensa described Melendez as not only a naturally gifted runner but also eager to improve.
?I was totally impressed with her gains,? Dispensa said. ?She (Melendez) naturally has a good running form, and it was just a matter of her getting to the time she wanted. It was a lot of fun to work with her and she has a very outgoing personality.?