16-year-old Quincy Wilson takes USA Olympic Track and Field trials by storm

The 2024 Paris Olympics are shaping up to be a star-studded affair, with household names like Simone Biles, Sha’Carri Richardson, and Caeleb Dressel set to light up the world stage once again.

But amidst the glitz of established superstars, there’s something uniquely exhilarating about witnessing new faces etch their names into Olympic history simply by earning a spot at the Games.

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Enter Quincy Wilson, poised to make waves at the USA Olympic Track and Field trials with his remarkable journey.

At just 16 years old, Wilson has already turned heads by storming into the 400-meter finals after twice setting world records. He blazed through the quarterfinals with a stunning 44.66-second run, smashing the under-18 world record. Not content with that feat, he outdid himself in the semifinals, clocking an even faster 44.59 seconds to secure his place in Monday night’s finals.

A top-three finish in the finals would punch Wilson’s ticket to Paris, where he would proudly represent the United States on the grandest stage of them all.

If fan votes could sway Olympic selections, Wilson would likely already have his spot locked in, having captured the hearts of fans in Eugene, Oregon, and across the globe with his electrifying performances.

Here’s everything you need to know about Quincy Wilson as he stands on the brink of an Olympic dream.

 

Who is Quincy Wilson?

Born on January 6, 2008, Quincy Wilson is currently a rising junior at Bullis High School in Potomac, Maryland. Despite his young age and the absence of a driver’s license, he has already left an indelible mark on the track and field world.

Wilson’s rapid ascent to prominence includes signing a significant NIL (Name, Image, Likeness) deal with New Balance last fall, joining their prestigious roster of track and field athletes at an exceptionally early stage in his career.

His athletic prowess was evident early on. In 2022, at the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Wilson clinched his fifth title by dominating the 400 meters with a time of 47.77 seconds, breaking the race’s record in the semifinals with an even faster performance. Additionally, he secured second place in the 200 meters at the same event.

Building on his success, Wilson continued to set new benchmarks. Just seven months later, he triumphed in the New Balance Nationals Indoor 400-meter race, setting a freshman national record of 46.67 seconds. He defended his title the following year in spectacular fashion, shattering a national high school indoor record with a blistering time of 45.76 seconds, also setting a U18 world record in the process.

Wilson’s journey to the USA Olympic Track and Field trials culminated in another remarkable achievement this June at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championship, where he achieved a personal best of 45.13 seconds in the 400 meters, setting a meet record.

Regardless of the outcomes at the trials, Wilson’s exceptional performances in Eugene have firmly established him as a rising star to watch over the next four years and beyond as he continues to pursue his athletic career. His achievements have already captured the admiration of fans worldwide, ensuring that his name will remain prominent in track and field conversations for years to come.

 

Where is Bullis High School?

Bullis High School, where Wilson attends, is located in Potomac, Maryland, just outside Washington D.C. Founded in 1930, Bullis is a private, co-educational college preparatory school. Originally established in Washington D.C. by William F. Bullis and his wife, Lois Hoover Bullis, to prepare young men for service academy entrance exams, the school moved to its Potomac campus in 1961 and transitioned all classes there by 1972. Over the years, Bullis has expanded its offerings to include grades K-12 for both boys and girls.