Trinity Wilson, one of the top high school track and field athletes in the country, said she will sign a letter-of-intent with UCLA on Wednesday.
“It was the best fit for me. Everybody was really team-oriented,” said the St. Mary’s High senior about UCLA. “I love the school.”
She was also impressed with the Bruins coaching staff. Head coach Jeanette Bolden is an Olympic gold medalist and she was named the U.S. Olympic Women’s Team coach for the 2008 Beijing Games. Bob Kersee, a volunteer coach for the hurdles and multievents, has coached numerous athletes to Olympic and World Championship medals.
“Coach Bolden seemed like a really good coach and she seemed like she will get me really prepared,” Wilson said. “I just knew Bobby Kersee already had the experience. He has coached Olympic athletes, everything I was aspiring to do.”
Besides UCLA, Wilson said her finalists were University of Arizona and USC.
Wilson won a California Interscholastic Federation state championship title in the 100-meter high hurdles June 4 to end her impressive 2011 high school season. Over the next two months, she won 100 hurdles titles at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships, the World Youth Championships and the Pan-American Junior Championships. Her time at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships, a wind-legal 13.15 seconds, ranked No. 1 in the event among national high school female athletes in 2011.