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Bonnie Richardson wins state track title by herself

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bonnie-richardson-track.jpgHigh school senior Bonnie Richardson gave new meaning to the phrase "carrying the team on your back" Saturday at the Texas Class A state track finals. Richardson, you see, is the only member of the Rochelle girls track team.

That's right, for the second consecutive year, Richardson has single-handedly won the title by defeating 56 other schools.

It's definitely impressive, but obviously not enough for the P.A. announcer on duty.

The daughter of a Rochelle High teacher and a rancher, Richardson won four individual medals in five events: gold in the long jump and high jump, silver in the discus and bronze in the 200 meters. She also finished fourth in the 100 meters.

Since becoming the first girl in state history last year to win a team title solo, her celebrity has put her in national magazines and gotten her a Texas A&M track scholarship. It may even lure more than one girl next year to replace Richardson on the Lady Hornets team.

For Richardson, repeating the feat Saturday was perfect until she stood atop the medal stand and the public address announcer implored the crowd to applaud this amazing accomplishment by ... Bonnie Singleton?

Richardson is also the valedictorian of her 14-person class. What a show-off.

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