AOTM: Autumn Young

Noah Gross and Ellida Parker

When senior Autumn Young laced up her shoes for her first Wilson track practice, she had no idea what she was getting into. “My first time coming to Wilson track practice I threw up,” Young said. Despite this unfortunate beginning, Young decided to stick with it. And that decision has certainly paid off. “Track is really a part of me.”

As a four-year member of the track team and a three-year member of the cross-country team, some of Young’s best memories come from her experience at last year’s Penn Relays—a track meet at the University of Pennsylvania that brings in some of the top track runners in the world.

“Seeing all the different athletes from all over the world come together and run together is just really nice,” she said.

After Young’s sophomore year, Head Coach Desmond Dunham decided to leave Wilson to coach track at St. John’s, leaving physical education and health teacher Tia Clemmons to be appointed as head coach. While feelings of betrayal were once present, looking back Young now sees value in this change. “I feel like we need multiple coaches to teach us different lessons because they know different things so they can teach us different things about what to do for track.”

Over her high school tenure, Young has learned how to cope with a rigorous practice and competition schedule. “If you have practice later that day, always drink water. Always eat healthy snacks. After practice, you still need to stretch,” she explained. She also feels like she has learned important life lessons. “Running teaches you something just about growing up.”

Next year, Young will be attending Johnson and Wales University where she plans on starting a club track team. However, she will definitely miss her days as a Tiger. “I love the team, truly. I’m graduating this year and I’m so sad that I’m leaving.”