LIHUE — Heidi Herr finished as the No. 2 runner for the Kauai High School girls team Saturday morning during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation cross country championships.
Despite the strenuous workout where Herr was supported by her parents and brothers, she traded her running gear for a white gown as she was named homecoming queen for the Kauai Red Raiders at the football game later that afternoon.
She entered the arena to a 3-0 Kauai lead between the Kapaa Warriors, the strain of music from the Kauai High School band, on the arm of her dad, David.
Joining Herr on the court, Marissa Ruiz, the daughter of Steve and Karen Ruiz, of Kalaheo, also ran the KIF cross country championships, finishing fourth for the Kauai girls.
Marissa donned the sash of Miss Raider.
Moani Genegabuas reigned as Miss Victory, and Kaylee Tamura’s Miss Spirit crown glistened in the afternoon sun at Vidinha Stadium where the court entered under an arch of pompoms wielded by the Kauai High School cheerleaders under the direction of Carrie Young.
Joining the court, Sequoia Juliano, escorted by her brother Tristan Dahlberg, earned the Class of 2017 banner.
Sheena Juliano, escorted by Quinten Mundon, wore the finery of the Class of 2016 while Jamie McDermott, coming off a strong KIF air riflery season for the Kauai girls, was escorted by Treydon Miguel, representing the Class of 2015.
Edilynne Yago, the daughter of Marilina Alcon, of Eleele, and Edimore Yago of Lihue, represented the Class of 2014, escorted by Gregie Jay Delos Santos.