Who is Quincy Wilson? 16-year-old Bullis High School sprinter shines at USA Olympic Track and Field trials

Simone Biles. Sha’Carri Richardson. Caeleb Dressel. The 2024 Paris Olympics will be filled with the biggest names in sports, many who have been on the stage before.

But the only thing more exciting than watching the world’s best bring home the gold is seeing athletes make history by simply being at the Games. 

Quincy Wilson has a chance to do just that and continue his memorable run at the USA Olympic Track and Field trials.

At just 16 years old, Wilson has made it to the trials’ 400-meter finals after twice setting a world record. The sprinter ran a 44.66-second 400 in the quarterfinals, breaking the under-18 world record. He did even better in the semifinals, running a 44.59 to qualify for the finals on Monday night. 

Should he finish in the top-three, he will head to Paris in just a month to represent the U.S. on the biggest stage of all.

If there was a fan voting component, Wilson would already be locked into the Games, as the youngster has captured the hearts of everyone in Eugene, Ore., and watching at home.

Here’s what to know about Wilson as a trip to the Olympics hangs in the balance.

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Who is Quincy Wilson?

Born on Jan. 6, 2008, Wilson is a rising junior at Bullis High School in Potomac, Md. He doesn’t even have a driver’s license, yet he owns multiple records on the track.

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Last fall, he signed an NIL deal with New Balance as part of the brand’s track and field roster, becoming one of the youngest athletes to sign with a major sports brand.

While young, his name’s already stamped on the track and field map. In 2022, he won the 400-meter at the AAU Junior Olympic Games, his fifth title. He ran a 47.77-second time but broke the race’s record in the semifinals, where he was even quicker. He also finished second in the 200 meters at the competition.

Seven months later, he won the New Balance Nationals Indoor 400-meter race in 46.67, a freshman national record. He repeated as champion a year later, this time breaking a national high school indoor record with a 45.76-second time. It also broke the event’s U18 world record. 

But his (pre-trials) personal best came this June at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championship. He ran a 45.13-second 400m race, a meet record.

No matter the results at the trials, Wilson’s performance in Eugene has made him a name to watch for the next four years and beyond as he continues his career. And fans surely won’t forget him.

Where is Bullis High School?

Bullis High School is in Potomac, Md., just outside of Washington D.C. It is a private, co-ed, college prepatory school that was founded in 1930. 

The school is named after William F. Bullis, a 1924 graduate of the Naval Academy. He and his wife, Lois Hoover Bullis, a teacher, founded the school in Washington D.C. to prepare young men for service academy entrance exams. It opened on Sept. 13, 1931. The school started a Potomac campus in 1961, then moved all classes there in 1972, gradually expanding over time and eventually offering classes for both boys and girls in grades K-12.

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