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Bolli brings bronze back to Boerne Champion

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    Boerne Champion’s Layne Bolli poses with the bronze medal she won at Friday’s 5A state meet in Austin in the 400-meter race. Star photo: Kerry Barboza
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    Champion’s Anastacia Gonzales competes in the 800 at Friday’s 5A state meet in Austin with the state capitol in the background. The freshman finished fourth in the race. Star photo: Kerry Barboza
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    Bowen Fjord clears a hurdle in the 110-hurdle race where he finished fourth.

AUSTIN – Boerne Champion closed out its 2019 track and field season Friday night in Austin with both the boys and girls squads earning team points at the 5A meet.

Layne Bolli brought home the only medal earned by a Charger after she captured a bronze in the 400.

As a team, the Lady Chargers tallied 14 points to finish tied for 16th, while the Champion boys earned 6 points to place 31st where at least 50 teams were represented.

Girls

Three different Lady Chargers scored points in Friday’s 5A meet with Bolli leading the way with 6 points after her bronze-medal performance. Bolli clocked in at 56.33 to edge out the fourth-place finisher who came in with a 56.46.

Bolli was out of the top three in the final stretch but said that’s when she began her kick.

“I held back a little and tried to make up for it in the kick. I wanted to go out fast and maintain and I felt like I was doing that but then I realized in the last curve I was falling behind,” said the junior. “I thought of my coaches, teammates and all my friends and family and I wanted to make them proud so that helped me to the finish line. Towards the 200 mark I realized I had to pick up the pace and then I started pushing it and giving it all I had at the 120 mark.”

Bolli said winning a medal and getting up on the podium is a dream come true.

“I’m excited about it, this has been my goal since last season,” she said. “It feels really good that all the hard work paid off.”

Also at Friday’s state meet, freshman Anastacia Gonzales earned 4 team points after she finished fourth with a time of 2:16.77 in the

800. The third-place finisher kicked and caught Gonzales at the finish with a 2:16.08.

Champion’s 4x400 earned 4 more points after Bolli, Hadyn Stadler, Riley Burkey and Gonzales combined for a 3:53.49 to place fifth.

Kelsie Vicknair competed in the 1600 on Friday night and turned in a 5:16.06 for eighth place and the Lady Chargers’ 4x100 relay made up of Emily Smajstrla, Vivian Verner, Reese Burkey and Field Gatlin clocked in at 48.61 for ninth.

Boys

The Champion boys picked up their 6 points from their two state qualifiers.

Bowen Fjord finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles for 4 team points after clocking in at 14.26, just behind the third-place finisher who recorded a 14.25.

John Moreno placed fifth with a time of 49.30 in the 400 dash to score two points.