Posted on May 19, 2008

Making of a Sports Legend: High School Track Star Wins State Team Title—All By Herself

MTV News, May 14, 2008

When you’re the only person from your high school to qualify for the state meet, chances are you’re not exactly gunning for the title. But over two days last weekend, Bonnie Richardson, a junior at Rochelle High School in Rochelle, Texas, jumped, ran, and, er, discus-ed her way to the Texas 1A high school team track title—all by her lonesome.

Bonnie, whose high school doesn’t even have a proper track, braved two days of 90-plus-degree Texas heat to singlehandedly beat teams from all over the state. Officials told reporters that, as far as they knew, this was the first time a single athlete had won a girls’ team title. (The last time it happened for the boys was way back in the 70’s.)