For The Record: ChaChi Gonzales On AAU, Significant Writings

For this episode on For The Record, Olivia sits down with Anastacia Gonzales. Boerne Champion's (TX) senior shared what motivates her to go out in front of the pack for each race that she competes in and how the cross country season molded her into the athlete she is today.

A unique pre-race ritual that Gonzales does is she writes positive messages on her arms before each major championship or meet. Gonzales shares more about the significance of doing this. 

Interview Segments: 

  • How her nickname "ChaChi" came about (0:54)
  • How her running style helps her (1:30)
  • Training cross country impacting her career (2:33)
  • Finishing third at UIL Cross Country State Championship (3:20)
  • Goals for this upcoming season and what she needs to do to do that (4:15)
  • Winning her first individual state title (5:22)
  • 1500m record-breaking experience at AAU Junior Olympic Games (6:13)
  • Her upcoming time trial after AAU (7:35)
  • What has changed to have such progression in her career (8:15)
  • Favorite competitive year (9:32)
  • What she's looking forward to her senior year (10:50)
  • Her passion for the mile (12:05)
  • Her inspiration (13:03)
  • The meaning of the writing on her arms (14:39)
  • When she writes on her arms (17:05)
  • Favorite meet this season (17:30)