Olympic Flashback: Allyson Felix
This article ran in the May/June 2003 edition of SchoolSports magazine.
IS ALLYSON FELIX THE NEXT MARION JONES? YOU DECIDE.
Allyson Felix - L.A. Baptist High (Calif.)
L.A. Baptist High (Calif.) senior Allyson Felix has been one of the country's top sprinters since her freshman year, when she posted the 16th-fastest 200-meter time (23.90) in the nation. Ever since then, she has been compared to fellow Californian Marion Jones, the premier women's track and field athlete in the world. So it's fitting that in April at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays, Felix broke Jones' 11-year-old national high school record of 22.58 seconds in the 200 with a new record time of 22.51. Felix had previously come extremely close to the record at last year's California state meet, winning the state title in the 200 in 22.83, the fastest time in the nation for the 2002 season. Felix also won the 100 state title in 11.55 last spring. In addition, earlier this year she broke the national scholastic indoor record in the 200 with a time of 23.14 at the USA Indoor Championships in March. And if that's not enough, in April Felix became the first runner since Jones to three-peat in the 100 and 200 at California's Arcadia Invitational.
Marion Jones - Olympic Champion
Marion Jones is, quite simply, one of the greatest women's track and field athletes ever. At the 2000 Olympics in Australia, she won gold in 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x400-meter relay and took bronze in the long jump and 4x100 relay for an astounding five medals in one Olympics. As a scholastic competitor, she attended Rio Mesa High (Calif.) as a freshman and sophomore and Thousand Oaks High (Calif.) as a junior and senior. In 1992, at age 16, she ran a national high school record 22.58 in the 200 at the U.S. Olympic Trials, missing a spot on the Olympic team by 0.07 seconds. Jones, who won the 100 and 200 state titles in each of her four years of high school, is the only athlete in the history of the Gatorade National Athlete of the Year awards to win the honor three consecutive years ('91, '92, '93). She went on to run track and play basketball at the University of North Carolina, where she helped the women's hoop team win the national title in 1994.