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Sterling’s Tyus Wilson enters senior season as 1 of top high jumpers in country

Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 10:35 PM CDT
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STERLING, Kan. (KWCH) - After two years, it’s finally high school track season in Kansas and one of the best high jumpers in the country is Sterling’s Tyus Wilson. The Nebraska commit will look to repeat as a three-time state champion this season.

Wilson didn’t get a chance to compete for a third straight title due to COVID-19 canceling his junior season, but this year he’s grateful for the chance to add to his legacy as one of the best track athletes to ever come out of Kansas.

“Losing that last season kind of makes you realize sometimes you take things for granted,” Wilson said. “This season I just want to go out there and have fun with it and just show off what I can do.”

Wilson, also a standout basketball player, owns a personal best 7′1′” in the high jump, the top mark by a high school jumper in 2020. Wilson was just one of three prep jumpers in the country to clear seven feet in 2020. He recently won the 2020 West Coast AAU Jr Olympic Games.

Now he’s hungry to break the Kansas state high jump record of 7′4″, a goal he’s been training for all year.

“I’ve just raised the bars I am practicing at, my freshmen and sophomore year they were probably like 6′2” to 6′4″,” he said. “Last weekend I was practicing at 6′10” to 6′11″ bars and clearing those so hopefully that transitions to the meets.”

Track and field runs in Wilson’s blood. His mom, Rene Wilson, is one of the best track athletes in Kansas high school history. She won a total of nine individual gold medals - three in high jump, two in triple jump, two in long jump and two in the 100-meter hurdles. Her state records in the 2A triple jump and 3A long jump and triple jump have yet to be broken. His dad and two sisters also hold track and field state titles.

“Just growing up, they really helped the love for sports and getting to try a lot of different things,” he said. “Sticking with high jump they’re really knowledgeable about their stuff and I’m blessed to have that kind of knowledge around me.”

While Wilson can’t wait for his next chapter at Nebraska, his dreams don’t end there.

“I’ve got the Olympics on my mind and making it to the games in 2024 or 2028,” Wilson said. “That’s the dream.”

Sterling’s first meet of the season is at home on April 6.

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