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Bullis School Standout Runs Beyond His Years For US#1 46.67 And National Title

By David Woods for DyeStat

BOSTON – Becoming a fast teen quartermiler can be more curse than blessing. High school track was the pinnacle for those such as Obea Moore, William Reed and Clinton Davis.

Yet all paths are different, and Quincy Wilson is, well, different.

“Most kids are afraid to push through unknown barriers. He doesn’t even have barriers,” said his coach, Joe Lee of Bullis MD. “There’s no such thing.”

There is no such thing as a safe record or a safe lead when Wilson is on the track, either.


The 15-year-old won the 400 meters Saturday at the New Balance indoor nationals in 46.67, a US#1 and a freshman national record.

Wilson had already set class records of 34.11 for 300, 1:02.63 for 500 and 1:17.80 for 600.

Those are merely fast times. This was a race.

Wilson was third out of the last turn – near-certain defeat on a short straight – but went up the bank and gathered momentum down the stretch to overtake Jacob Andrews of  Sehome WA and Alexander Sadikov of Ocean Township NJ.

 Wilson was at 22.15 through 200, well behind the 21.43 of pre-race favorite Zyaire Nuriddin of Montverde FL.

“That was actually planned. They ran the first 200 extremely fast,” Wilson said. “I had to stay calm and make sure I wasn’t panicking. I’ve been running longer races, and that’s what won it for me today.”

Andrews was second in 47.11. Shamar Heard of Clinton Township MI, the heat 1 winner, was third in 47.62. Sadikov was fourth in 47.65 and Nuriddin sixth in 48.17.

Wilson crushed his own freshman record of 47.30 from Feb. 18. 

Previously, the record was 47.97, shared by Tyrese Cooper of American FL and Brian Herron of Lakeside GA, both from 2016. (Nuriddin holds the junior class record of 46.04.)

Wilson won an outdoor AAU Junior Olympics title in 47.59 last year. He has range from 55 to 800 meters. He said a role model is Michael Norman, a 200/400 sprinter who recently announced he is dropping down to the 100.

“I can’t really predict what I’m going to run,” Wilson said. “Keep training hard, and get great results like I did today.”

Lee said the sprinter’s “secret sauce” is character and heart, someone who respects others and preserves humility. Moreover, the teen is willing to be challenged.

Wilson is a straight-A student but once came away with a B-plus on a progress report. Lee said that was…

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