A breakthrough start for Wilson
Not since former University of Missouri runner Maria Effinger several years go have the Lancers had a runner the caliber of junior Seleiya Wilson who is quickly become one of the most improved runners in southern Illinois this season.
Already with a pair of top 10 finishes to her credit heading into the Belleville West Invitational last week, Wilson took that next step as she won the three mile race and led the Lancers to a top four finish.
“Seleiya is running great. She is our top runner on the girls team, but she’s basically working out with the varsity boys team every day and that level of competition is pushing to her to another level,’’ Pfeiffer said. “She’s run the 1,600 and 3,200 meters in track and field in the past, but this year we started working with her in the 800 meters and I think that has really helped her speed
“Plus, she ran with the Dashers Track Club this summer and got a chance to go to the (AAU) National and see another level. There is no doubt in my mind that she can qualify for the state meet this season. She just keeps on getting better and better.”
Two longtime standouts to the Lancers long distance running program — seniors Sydney Hartung and Megan Korte — are also at the top of the Lancers lineup behind Wilson, while sophomore Kira Nussbaum and talented freshman Lauren Smith also could make an impact this season.
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