10-year old NJ girl breaks record at a national track and field competition.
Having been the medical director for USA Track and Field in NJ since 1992, I appreciate raw running talent when I see it. A few years ago, Sydney Mclaughlin, who was a student at Union County Catholic High School was setting records in NJ and eventually, qualified for the Olympics.
Union County Catholic has a history of developing great runners like Sidney.
Recently, Sianni Wynn, of Camden has been in the news for shattering records as well. The big difference is that Sydney was in High School, while Sianni is only 10 years old.
Periodically, I will attend a track meet and while waiting in the medical area waiting for people who need my help to come by, I would watch the Jr. Olympic races, which are athletes who are under 18. On occasion, I will notice someone who is incredibly fast when compared to the other runners and it is remarkable to watch as this young talent develops.
Check out Sianni’s story below
10-year-old New Jersey girl shatters record at national track and field competition
By Christie Ileto
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
CAMDEN, New Jersey — A young runner from New Jersey is coming off a remarkable performance at the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships this weekend.
Sianni Wynn, of Camden, is only 10 and is already shattering records.
She not only swept all three of her races at the event held in Greensboro, North Carolina, she also ran the 400-meter dash in 58.7 seconds, breaking the national age group record of 59.8 seconds set by Olympian Monique Henderson in 1994.
“I was kind of nervous because I was like ‘go, go, go,'” she said. “I thought they were close to me, but they weren’t.”
Her coach, Albert Essilfie, says the Willis Camden PAL Track Club earned 24 medals at this year’s nationals. But he says Wynn — who practices three times a week — has the drive to win beyond her age.