By Matt Browning
Between his accolades and accomplishments in basketball and track and field, Sterling’s Tyus Wilson has made quite the name for himself.
Wilson was a first team all-league forward for the Black Bears, which went 18-6 and lost to Hoxie in the 2A quarterfinals. In track, Wilson recorded PRs in all three of his events (high jump, long jump and 110 hurdles). He is also the defending 2A champion in high jump.
“Yes, it’s definitely been a fun year for me,” Wilson said. “After not getting to compete last year, this has been an experience that has taught me to not take things for granted. I’m just going out every week and having fun with it, doing what I can.”
Wilson said he knew at the age of 11 that his jumping ability was a gift.
“I jumped at the AAU Junior Olympics in Detroit, Michigan and broke the 11-year-old boys’ national record for the high jump,” Wilson said. “At that point, I knew it was a talent that God had blessed me with and I’ve just been working to get better at it ever since.”
During the school year, Wilson works out four days a week, then heads to his job after. He still tries to work on various aspects of track as much as possible, though.
“I do try to get to the track about once or twice a week just to work on my approach and do speed development type drills but other than that, I’m just a regular high school kid with big dreams,” Wilson said.
Next year, Wilson plans to continue his track and field career at Nebraska and he hopes to participate in the 2024 or 2028 Olympic games.