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Freedom’s Bolton to run Down Under

Freedom High School sophomore Annika Bolton is taking her track and field skills to Australia this summer for the 2017 Down Under International Games.—Courtesy Photo
In 2016, Annika Bolton spent part of her summer in Spain participating in an academic enrichment program. This summer, Bolton will make her way to Australia to compete in the 2017 Down Under International Games.

A 15-year-old sophomore at Freedom High School in South Riding, Bolton will represent Virginia on the East Conference Track and Field Team.

Bolton will compete in the 400-meter run, 800-meter run and triple jump at the International Games, set for the first week of July.

"I'm very excited to compete in Australia with other people from throughout the United States," said Bolton, a well-rounded student-athlete who maintains a 4.1 GPA.

Bolton's affinity for track and field began when she was in fourth grade. While playing soccer, Bolton discovered she was faster than most of the players on the field.

"I wanted to try track," Bolton said. "So I did, and I learned that I have a talent for it, and that I enjoy running."

Now, Bolton is a member of the Dulles South Track Club and is about the embark on her second season on Freedom's varsity team.

She will vie for individual honors and try to help her team win a championship in Australia.

"My goal is to do the best I can in my events, and just enjoy myself," Bolton said.

To help offset the cost of the nine-day trip to Queensland, Bolton is seeking sponsorship. Those interested can contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

With summer plans intact, Bolton can focus on the high school season. She aspires to improve her times/distance in the 400, 800 and triple jump, as well as advance past regional competition to the VHSL state meet.

"I would love to go to states in my individual events," Bolton said enthusiastically.


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