Kendall County MVA Male Athlete of the Week: Herbie Alvarez, Oswego East, cross country, senior


Alvarez took 10th place among runners on advancing teams in 15:53, leading Oswego East to second place at the Class 3A St. Charles East Sectional to qualify for state.

Alvarez talked to sports editor Joshua Welge about the meet, his season and more. Here is an edited version of the transcript:

Welge: How do you feel the race went?

Alvarez: We’ve been really stressing pack running, and since the start of the season we couldn’t click on one day. Some people would have better days on certain days and it kind of went like that for a while and it was frustrating. Regionals rolled around, we were super hyped, felt really good going into it. We had a 16-second split and we were like, OK, we’re back to where we want to run. I think it carried over into sectionals. We knew St. Charles East would be there. We had not seen them all season, we were ready to go against them and see how we compete.

Welge: Your class is obviously a strong group of runners. Have you anticipated for some time that something special was in store?

Alvarez: Since freshman year, we set our goals super high. I think we had a few of our top seven come from Plank Junior High, a few from Murphy, a few from Bednarcik. We have known each other for a long time and we got together and clicked. One of the big things that we realized how good we were was the York fresh-soph meet we won both freshman and sophomore year. York has a good program. That really got our confidence going.

Welge: What’s your thoughts running on the state course?

Alvarez: I think my three lifetime PR’s come from Detweiller. I like the course, it goes by fast, it’s fan friendly with a lot of fans. I’m always motivated by having friends around. For the most part it’s a flat course and good competition. It motivates me to do my best.

Welge: How did you get started running?

Alvarez: Going into sixth grade, my parents had stressed doing sports and getting involved. As a sixth-grader you can only do wrestling or cross country. I weighed 90 pounds at the time so I thought cross country would be the better option. I had started running in third grade. I did a community 5K at Wheatlands Elementary and got like first or second in my age group.

Welge: Do you plan to run in college?

Alvarez: Yes. I went on an official visit to Bowling Green State last month. I’m also looking at Indiana State, Illinois State and Southern Illinois.