VYPE’s #411 – Palmview’s Villalon races her way to UT-Arlington

La Joya Palmview’s Bailey Villalon wrapped up her high school career in fine fashion.

In the 800 and 1600-meets, the senior won her district and area meet, before finishing fourth in the Class 5A Region IV meet.

In her final cross-country season, Villalon reached the state cross-country meet after winning her district.

She is headed to UT-Arlington to run in the fall.

VYPE takes a minute with the West Texas star prior to her graduation.

VYPE: Who has been your biggest influence in your sporting life? And why?

VILLALON: My biggest influencer in my sporting life would have to be my coach Claudia Bazan. She has pushed me to my best abilities and shaped me into the athlete I am today.

VYPE: What has been your greatest high school memory so far?

VILLALON: My greatest high school memory would have to be winning the regional cross country meet in 2017. All our hard work paid off.

VYPE: What’s your biggest strength? Or what do you bring to your team?

VILLALON: I’m self-driven, committed and responsible. I lead my team by setting a positive example for them.

VYPE: What do you see yourself doing in five years?

VILLALON: In five years, I hope to have graduated college from the University of Texas at Arlington with my masters in Exercise Science and pursuing my Doctorates in Physical Therapy.

VYPE: What advice would you give a younger athlete starting his/her high school career?

VILLALON: The advice I would give a younger athlete would have to be to never give up on what you aspire to be. Keep working and stay motivated. The long hours of practice will pay off.

VYPE: What do you do outside of sports?

VILLALON: I spend time with my sisters, attend church regularly and I am actively involved in National Honor Society and volunteer at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce.

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