Arkansas Tech University alumna Kaitlin Bounds captured two gold medals at the 2022 Virtus World Cross Country Championships Nov. 19-20 in San Diego, Calif.
Bounds earned first place in the 2-kilometer race with a time of seven minutes, 34 seconds and first place in the 6-kilometer race with a time of 23 minutes, 26 seconds.
“I’ve had so many health issues, knee issues, etc., but my parents stuck with me and found me the doctors to get past it all,” said Bounds. “I had the best week with old friends, brand new friends and memories that will last a lifetime.”
Virtus is an international federation for athletes with intellectual impairment and a founding member of the International Paralympic Committee.
Bounds, who was diagnosed with autism at age 4, collected four letters as a member of the Arkansas Tech cross country program. She was named All-Gulf South Conference in 2010 and was a multiple academic all-conference honoree, earning recognition for her classroom performance in both the GSC and the Great American Conference.
Bounds graduated from ATU in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.