Skyla Wilson (above, center) continues to carry on the family tradition.
At the District 2 Class 2A Track and Field Championships, the Susquehanna senior captured three individual gold medals. She won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.94 seconds, the 300-meter hurdles in a meet-record 43.56 seconds and the 200 meters in 25.94 seconds. In the 300 hurdles, she broke the previous mark of 43.83 seconds set by Lakeland’s Cassidy Jenkins in 2015.
Wilson also was part of the Lady Sabers’ 1600-meter relay team that earned a sixth-place medal in 4:25.96.
Here is more from Wilson’s interview:
Other sports I play: Basketball
Athletes I admire: Sydney McLaughlin. Just how she’s been doing in her events. She’s a freshman and she’s already setting collegiate records. It’s really impressive.
Superstitions and rituals: Lately I’ve been superstitious that if I don’t have braids in my hair, I’ll run slow. In the first few meets, I just had my hair in a bun and I didn’t do well.
Favorite food: Donuts
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: Usain Bolt, Kobe Bryant, Amelia Earhart
You said you weren’t happy with your start in the 100 hurdles. How did you come back from it? I was behind where I usually am. So I kind of kicked it in for the last three hurdles because I realized the race was almost over. How do you prevent it from happening again? Making sure that when I’m on the line, I’m prepared and ready to be explosive out of the box.
Your mom, Teresa Covert, had a standout career at Susquehanna. How has she inspired you? She knows exactly what it’s like to be in any of the the situations you can be in. She’s always reminding me how important being in the right mindset is and that I’m capable of doing multiple events. What’s the best piece of advice she has given you? When you’re on the start line, you have to get out like a crazy banshee. Is there any pressure living up to what she accomplished during her high school career? There’s some pressure like that, but not too much. We are compared a bit, but I try not too think about it too much or let it get into my head.
Last year at the PIAA Championships, you won two silver medals in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. How will that experience possibly help you going there this year? I know a little more of what to expect. When to start warming up and how spread out my events are, so that will be helpful.
Do you scout out your competition? The top runners from last year, I’ve been kind of watching them this season. Just to know where they’re at and to kind of have a goal.
After graduation, you plan to continue your academic and athletic career at the University of Pennsylvania. How did you decide to go there? When I visited there, I really liked the campus, the environment of the track team and the coach. I plan to major in sociology.