When the gun sounded, the 221 young athletes raced for the first turn. Julia was running in about 5th place. She gradually
moved up until she was vying for first. At the urging of coach Young, Julia shifted gears and pulled away for the win.
That made three big wins in a row for the youngster. To compete in the JO National Championship meet, Julia had to
qualifythrough the Pacific Association JO Championship and USATF Region 14 JO Championship meets. She handily
topped all Bantam Girls at these qualifying events.
Despite Julia’s extraordinary achievement, Julia’s mother, Norleen Bounds, said that her daughter is just like any normal
9-year-old girl. Julia attends the Carey School in San Mateo, Calif. where she enjoys art, PE, and math.
“I like math,” Julia said, “because in my class, math usually has something to do with food.”
According to her mother, the young Bounds plays the piano, loves singing and performing, likes to write and listen to
music, and she especially loves animals. Along with two dogs, two cats, and a hamster, the Bounds family has a relatively
recent new additiona rabbit.
Norleen Bounds promised Julia the rabbit if she qualified for last summer’s USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field
Championships. Given this incentive, Julia turned in a 1,500-meter qualifier for the big meet, where she finished 10th
among Bantam Girls. Her time was 5:34.83, despite stumbling when another racer stepped on her foot.
So, Julia earned her new rabbit, who happened to have a famous name.
“We got the bunny at the SPCA,” Norleen Bounds said, “where they named her Cindy because she has this big black spot
that looks like (fashion model) Cindy Crawford’s mole.”