Have You Seen This? 16-year-old could run in Olympics before he gets driver's license


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CIRCLING THE TRACK — There have been plenty of highlights and standout performances from the first few days of the U.S. Olympic track and field team trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

The early moments have included Noah Lyles, the flashy sprinter who runs the 100 meters with a Blue Eyes White Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! card strapped to his chest and qualified for Paris with a 9.83-second sprint in Sunday's final; Sha'Carri Richardson taking another step forward on her "I'm not back, I'm better" tour with a 10.71 sprint Saturday; and Anna Hall, who completed a grueling comeback from a complex knee surgery just six months ago to earn an Olympic berth in the heptathlon.

They also includes local Olympians like former BYU star Kenneth Rooks, who all-but qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (and may soon be joined by BYU's James Corrigan, his training partner, if Corrigan can meet the Olympic standard); Run Elite (Utah) Program signee Grant Fisher, who qualified in the 10,000 meters; and former Utah State star Chari Hawkins, who finished second in the heptathlon with a lifetime best score of 6,456 points that is under the Olympic standard but all-but guaranteed to earn a spot on Team USA based on the World Athletics Rankings.

But few shine brighter than Quincy Wilson.

The 16-year-old sprinter from Bullis School near Washington, D.C., has been the talk of the trials in Track Town, USA, where he clocked a 44.59 in the semifinals to set a world under-18 400-meter record that had previously stood for 42 years.

Wilson finished sixth in the 400-meter final in 44.94 seconds, behind U.S. champion Quincy Hall and fellow qualifiers Michael Norman and Chris Bailey.

Not bad for a teenager who doesn't even have his driver's license.

But Wilson, for his part, took the disappointment of falling short in stride — perhaps even with the maturity of an athlete twice his age.

"Running in the nation's biggest final, I couldn't be more ecstatic," he said in the mixed zone after the race. "At the end of the season, I wasn't even thinking about making it to the biggest final in America. I'm so thankful I was able to be in this race today."

His Olympic dreams may not be over just yet, either.

The teenager remains in contention for the men's relay pool, meaning there's still a chance he can make it to the Olympics less than a month after finishing his sophomore year of high school.

The United States can bring up to seven 400-meter athletes to Paris, including three that qualified for the individual event, two who are eligible for the men's 4x400-meter relay, and two more who can participate in the mixed relay.

There's no established protocol for selecting the relay pool. But back in 2021, the United States took the top-seven finishers in the 400-meter final to London, with eighth-place finisher Will London the first alternate for injury or unavailability.

If Wilson is selected for one of the spots, he may have to delay his driver's test — he hasn't received his license since turning 16 in January — to become the youngest Olympic 4x400-meter athlete in Team USA history, surpassing the 19-year-old Ed Ablowich in 1932, per Citius Magazine.

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