When the gun goes off it's a sprint to the finish. But this year no one has really come close to catching Stockdale junior Aaliyah Wilson. "Yeah most of the time I'm just racing the clock," she said after Wednesday's SWYL championship prelims.
While she hasn't lost a single meet in the 100 or 300 meter hurdles and has dominated the 100 meter sprint, at this weekend's Patriot Games she set a new mark. She set a personal record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.06 and then a PR in the 100 meter sprint with a 11.82 mark. Aaliyah is the younger sister to Falon Wilson, a current standout at CSU Bakersfield and a former 23ABC athlete of the week.
While she dominates both events she says hurdles actually seem easier than a straight sprint. "I know I say that all the time!" she said. "People say that's weird." Before runs she likes to keep it easy and doesn't get too serious.
"I'm focused but it doesn't seem like I am because I play around a lot," she said. "My coach will be like 'Are you ok? Are you sad?' No I'm just focused and stuff like that."
After so many wins, treating her races like just another day in the office is music to the ears of 25 year head coach Dave Lonsinger. "Results or goals are there so you can build a process to grow people," he said. "I think for a young woman it's hard and as good as she is it's hard because people talk about results all the time right. She tries to do a great job of staying in the moment and that's what we talk about."
With the upcoming valley championship, her goal is to qualify for the state finals. But she's not putting too much pressure on her results saying, "If I'm first, that'd be great," but admitting she's pretty nonchalant about the whole event.
"She's in a strong position to have a chance to do that and that you do that as an underclassmen and you're a phenomenal, phenomenal athlete," Lonsinger said.
May 20 the valley championships will be held at Buchanan High School in Clovis followed by the state meet June 2-3 again held in Clovis.
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