Ashburn, Va (November 25, 2014) –
By Andrea Dogbo – School reporter for Heritage’s Paw Print
Heritage students have accomplished great things, but how many have been featured in a national magazine? As a matter of fact Heritage freshman Weini Kelati was featured in the October 6 edition of Sports Illustrated .
Kelati’s parents were contacted via e-mail by a Sports Illustrated columnist who wanted to feature her in the magazine’s “ Faces in the Crowd” section. The article featured Kelati’s accomplishments as both a representative for her home country of Eritrea and the Heritage Cross Country team.
When asked how she felt about the feature Kelati said, “ I think it’s pretty cool. We don’t have a lot of opportunities back where I am from, so it was a great experience seeing my face in a magazine.”
In July 2014, Kelati ran a 3 kilometer race as part of Eritrea’s IAAF team competing in the World Youth Championship. She finished with a personal best time of 9:12. In September 2014, she competed as a member of the Heritage Cross Country team in the Oatlands Invitational, was the first female runner to cross the finish line. Kelati ran the 5 kilometer race in 18:12, despite having to stop twice while running to retie her shoe.
After the Oatlands race, Kelati said “ I was happy that I was able to still win the race, even if I was a few seconds off.”
Many Heritage students were proud of Kelati’S feature in Sports Illustrated. Sophomore Taylor Saale tweeted “ HHS made it….to Sports Illustrated page 26,” when she saw Kelati’s face in the magazine. Saale’s tweet got 52 retweets and 89 favorites in less than 24 hours.
“Having one student from your school featured in a national magazine is very exciting, because you usually just see random kids,”said Saale.
Since Kelati still has two years of academic eligibility left, who knows where this very talented runner will be featured next.
Sources consulted for this article: sportsillustrated.com, washingtonpost.com