Jaylen Slade currently holds the boys 200m national high school indoor record at the American Track League in February 2021 after slashing Noah Lyles' time. Coached by Dwight Thomas, a previous high school national champion, 8-time All-American at Clemson, and Olympic Gold medalist, Slade is eager to continue learning while breaking new records, even if they're his own.
As an IMG Academy Track & Field student-athlete, Slade is setting the pace for other athletes within the program while working to accomplish his own goals.
Take a look at what he's working on, what he focuses on before a meet of this caliber, and where his coach believes he can take his talent. HINT: He may have his sights eventually set on the Olympics.
Slade, originally from Georgia, was also recently interviewed locally by Bay News 9. You can check out that full interview on YouTube by clicking here. He's not the only Ascender hitting their marks this season either. Most recently at the IMG Spring Break invitational, Hannah Douglas held onto her No. 2 national ranking, finishing the 100m in 11.54s, and is now No. 1 in the nation for the 200m with a time of 23.44s. Madison Fowler jumped 5 feet, 8 inches in the High Jump event on Saturday and is currently seeded at No. 2 in the nation.
Jaylen Slade finished first in the 100m with a time of 10.23s, and the Boys 4x400m (Jaylen Slade/Carl Hicks/Adam Landon/ Ashton Schwartzman) remain a national leader with a time of 3:14.41.
There's so much potential within this program, but the opportunities will continue into the 2021-2022 academic year, too. Interested in learning more about this college-preparatory environment? Check out the links below, or fill out a form to contact one of our advisors.