Sensational Double Gives Wilson National Freshman Class Records In The Indoor 300 and 500 Meters
By Doug Binder, DyeStat Editor
As The Armory celebrated distinguished media and officiating careers Saturday at the U.S. Army Officials Hall of Fame Invitational, the future of the sport was also being revealed on the track.
Freshman Quincy Wilson, 15, one month into his first high school indoor season for the Bullis School of Maryland, has quickly made an impact.
On Saturday at The Armory, he lowered his own freshman class national record in the 500 meters with 1:02.63 (a US#1). And then he broke a William Reed freshman class record on the books since 1985 when he ran 34.11 seconds to win the 300 meters.
“Every time I listen to my coach and come through in the splits that he tells me, I’m successful in every single race that I’ve run so far,” Wilson said.
Wilson already has his name attached to a national record. He was part of Bullis’ 3:31.37 mixed gender 4×400 relay and split 46.9 seconds.
He has range from the 55-meter dash to the 800 meters.
Wilson ran an open 400 meters best of 48.09 last July and relay split of 47.5.
“To be honest, I think the 400 is my best event, but the 500 is looking pretty good right now,” Wilson said.
Wilson has had his eye on Bullis since he was in grade school and competing for the track team has been a dream fulfilled.
“Ever since I was little I was watching them at The Armory and I remember when Eric Allen raced against Tyrese Cooper, and ever since then I’ve been wanting to come to Bullis,” Wilson said. “It means a lot to me. I told my mom ‘I want to go to Bulls.'”
For coach Joe Lee, who has built Bullis into a national powerhouse, the addition of Wilson has been a treat.
“The thing I’m most impressed with Quincy is his character,” Lee said. “He is the kindest, most respectful, honorable young man that you could meet. I have to shout out his parents for that. He’s got phenomenal parents.
“He’s a special kid, special talent, and he fits in well with the rest of the kids we have in the program.”
The Armory honored three Saplin Award winners, making up for lost time with previous cancellations due to COVID.
Donna Dye and her son Derek were on hand to accept the 2020 award on behalf of John Dye, who passed away last fall. Together, John and Donna Dye, gave high school indoor track an enormous boost in visibility in the early 2000s…