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Student Athlete of the Week: Jasmine Wilson
By Amanda Scurlock, Sports Writer
Published April 11, 2019

Sprinter Jasmine Wilson poses with her AAU gold medals. (Amanda Scurlock/L.A. Sentinel)

On the biggest stages, sprinter Jasmine Wilson knows how to outrun her opponents. At six years old, she is one of the fastest runners in her age bracket.

Wilson participates in the 55m, 60m, 100m, and 200m events. In 2018, she broke the 60m meet record with a 9.96s run at the AAU Indoor National Championship in the 5-6-year-old division.

“I was kind of far ahead of them,” Wilson said about the record-breaking race. “So I imagined that they’re [close] so I can push a little more harder.”

Wilson has been dominating in the AAU circuit and has the hardware to prove it.  She currently has 11 medals from competing in AAU national events.

In the AAU 14-Under Youth National Championship, Wilson paced the 5-6-year-old girls 60m dash with a 10.26s time and the 200m dash with a 38.82.

Wilson had another historic performance at the 2018 AAU West Coast championship when she broke the six-year-old girls 55m dash record, completing the run in first place with a 9.04s time. She was the only competitor in that heat to register a time under 10 seconds.

This year, Wilson will compete in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Sacramento as well as the AAU nationals. She also plans to compete in the 60m hurdles.

After seeing her two sisters participating in track and field, Wilson was inspired to sprint. She trained with her older sisters and runs independently from a club. As part of her training, Wilson runs on a treadmill and has the ability to run up to 12.8mph.

“I’m gonna do it more because I’m almost on thirteen,” Wilson said about treadmill training.

Her sisters have also helped her to become a contending runner with their words of advice and encouragement.

“Some times I float and I speed up, so they tell me when to do that,” Wilson said. “One of the track meets, they were telling me to go harder and then I actually ended up winning and became first overall.”

Wilson is a fan of the Junie B. Jones books series and has the ability to read on the third grade level. Wilson’s favorite subjects in school is math and health.

“I get high scores and I keep on practicing,” she said about math. “Health, it’s fun because you get to learn about how to stay healthy and how to get active.”

Outside of track, Wilson enjoys doing gymnastics and playing soccer. Aspects from soccer aid her in track.

“In soccer, you can kind of kick your feet the right way,” Wilson said. “If you kind of do it the right way, it kinda helps me with my start.”

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