Saturday, October 05, 2013

St. Francis cross country runner breaks school record

From the SJ Mercury News at this link:

St. Francis coach Roberta Chisam did not know what to fully expect from Julia Bounds when she lined up for her cross country race at the prestigious Stanford Invitational on Saturday.

After all, it was the first big race of the freshman’s high school career.

What transpired was stunning.

The top junior-level runner rallied down the stretch to win the 5-kilometer Division II race in 18 minutes, 14.3 seconds, shattering a St. Francis record for the Stanford course that had stood for two decades, by 35 seconds.

“It was an exciting win for her,” Chisam said Monday night. “It was nice to see her put on that higher gear.”

Asked about Bounds’ goals for the remainder of the season, Chisam said, “We definitely want to get her to the state meet, and be in the top 10 at the state meet.”

Bounds is no stranger to success. She told me Tuesday that she has won multiple national championships at the junior level since she started running six years ago.

When I asked if she dreams about one day running in the Olympics, Bounds said, “I do think about that a lot, but at the same time I think that’s a long ways a way.”

– Darren Sabedra

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