O’Neal Wanliss, the two-time defending Class A state champion in the 400 meters, has earned All-America honors after some blazing performances in the track event this summer.
The rising senior at Holy Innocents’ won the 400 with a time of 47.33 seconds at the USA Track & Field Youth Championships earlier this week. The PR of 47.33 pushed Wanliss in the 400 rankings for among students his age (17 years old) — No. 1 in Georgia and No. 21 in the nation.
“It’ a great feeling, and lets me know all the hard work and training is worth it,” Wanliss said.
During his freshman and sophomore years, Wanliss split his time between track and soccer, which are both played in the spring. This past year, Wanliss gave up soccer and has flourished in track.
“When I focused everything on track, that’s when all the success has come,” Wanliss said.
The 5-foot-8, 128-pound Wanliss will go for his third straight GHSA championship in the 400 in May. He is considering playing both track and soccer in college because both sports aren’t played at the same time at that level.