Wichita girl becomes fastest 9 year old in U.S.


A Wichita girl is running her way into the record books. 

Juliah Bolden, 9, took first place in her age group’s 100 and 200 meter dash at the AAU National Championship-Jr Olympics in late July and early August.

She ran a 100-meter finals time of 13.69 seconds and a 200-meter finals time of 28.08.

“It feels good. I know I’m going to get first on the podium,” Juliah said. 

Gold is nothing new for the fourth grader. Juliah started running track at the age of 5. Since then, she’s won numerous races.

In 2017, Juliah broke the AAU Junior Olympic 8 and under 100 and 200 meter dash. She still holds the 100-meter record with a time of 13.86 seconds.

“She works hard at it. I am proud of her. She has done a good job. She deserves everything she has earned,” said Juliah’s dad Jimmy Bolden.

Athletics seems to run in the family. Jimmy played basketball at Wichita State University. His wife and Juliah’s mom ran track at Michigan State.

“So the pedigree for a division I athlete is there. We tell our kids if you want to run track, if you want to play basketball, if you want to play football you can. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to,” Jimmy said.

Jimmy said athletics have taught their children a strong work ethic and that trait will serve them well in more than sports.

“Just know that you were determined in the process and that you believe in and you just stay disciplined,” Jimmy said. “You’re not always going to be the fastest 9 year old in America, but you can study your books and you can be smart.”

When it comes to smarts, Juliah has that too. She dreams of becoming a veterinarian and a dog rescuer when she grows up. That is after she goes to the Olympics.

“She wants to win. She has the will to win. She wants to be the best,” Jimmy said. 

While Juliah’s will to win is great, at the end of the day, she’s still a 9-year-old girl.

“After she wins a race it’s ice cream, chicken tenders from Freddy’s, Chick-fil-A and pizza. Pizza is one of her favorites. She always wants to get some pizza afterwards,” Jimmy said.

Jimmy said if it’s not pizza it’s ice cream to curb Juliah’s sweet tooth. 

“Chocolate with chocolate syrup and chocolate chips,” Juliah said.

Despite the sweets or the results on the track, Jimmy said he’s beyond proud of his youngest girl’s accomplishments.

“She makes dad feel real proud,” he said.

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