The upcoming generation of high school track athletes

Young runners from track Xplosion track club taking a picture after a win. These athletes went on to Jr. Olympics and finished 3rd.(Photo courtesy of Kyndal Dailey)

There are over 4.14 million people who run track and field in the world. Most people associate Track and Field with Usain Bolt, a Jamaican Olympian who holds the world record for the 100-meter dash. 

While he still holds this record, the upcoming generations are going to break this record soon.

Many would say these athletes are “built differently.” 

The top-10 high school athletes at the moment could hold their own against a D1 collegiate athlete. For those who don’t know about the track world, there have been some outstanding performances in the past spring season for high school athletes. 

The classes of 2025-2027 are running extremely competitive times, and the upcoming high schoolers are gonna be even harder to compete with. 

Some of the well-known high school athletes include Quincy Wilson running under 45 seconds in the 400, Jordan Anthony who runs a 20.35 in the 200, Sadie Engelhardt who runs a 2:03 in the 800, and more.

Many are wondering why these kids are running such fast times beating collegiate athlete. Although the spring season for 2024 is over, the summer season has just begun and for the best of the best at New Balance outdoor nationals. 

New Balance Nationals is a popular track meet known for its extreme competition and cool bag. During the past indoor nationals, most of the records were broken in 2022-2023. 

The top male runners for this year for sprint events are the class of 2025-2026 and for distance 2024 was on top. For females, sprints 2024 was on top but the classes of 2025 hold the distance records. 

If you are interested in seeing how these young athletes compete in the u20 track meet for Team USA. These will be the youngest competing for the U20 Title.


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