Sherman junior Bria Bullard is set to compete in the AAU Junior Olympic Games on Monday at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa with an eye on being one of the fastest girls in the country.
Bullard will be running in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and is a part if a 400 relay with her track club. She is the No. 1 junior in the state of Texas in the 100 meter dash and is second in the country in that race for the Class of 2020. Bullard is 13th in her class in Texas for the 200 meter dash.
Prior to making it to the Junior Olympics, Bullard had to have success at the district level, where the top 16 finishers advance, and then the regional meet, where the top six move on to nationals. Bullard says that she most looks forward to surprising people, and herself, with what she is capable of.
“I want to surprise [people],” Bullard said. “I want to give them something that they’ve never seen before. I want to shock them and shock myself.”
Bullard is very confident in her ability to win her races, despite the fact that she is only 16 years old and is competing up an age level against 17 and 18-year-old athletes. It is Bullard’s first time competing in a large out-of-state competition but that doesn’t do anything to diminish her confidence in herself.
“I’m so confident,” Bullard said. “I had thought that I was running [last] Monday…I was like ‘I’m ready!’”
Bullard said that she has been working during the summer to keep her body in good shape and eating healthy to prepare for the events at the Junior Olympics. She has also been working on perfecting her technique and her form to be sure everything is precise and at it’s top form.
Bullard will be running in the relay with a student from McKinney North and two students from high schools in Frisco.
Bullard will run in the quarterfinals for the 100 meter dash on Monday and if she advances the semifinals would be on Wednesday.
The 200 meter dash quarterfinals will take place on Tuesday and runners who advance will have the semifinals on Thursday.
The 400 relay semifinals will happen on Friday, August 3. All final races Bullard could reach will be on Saturday, August 4.
This past spring Bullard was right behind teammate Sadi Giles with a sixth-place finish in 11.73 seconds in the 100 at the Class 5A state track meet in Austin, making it to state for the first time. She had earned the wild card entry after a third-place finish in the Region I meet.