It’s not too often a high school sophomore gets to out-kick an Olympian.
But Pennsauken’s Bryce Tucker had the opportunity Sunday morning at Franklin Field.
With an asterisk.
Olympic half-miler Ajee Wilson, the American record holder who trains in Philadelphia, entered the men’s 800 at the inaugural Penn Relays Summer Series meet. The women’s race didn’t have anybody under 2:14, so to get some decent competition before leaving for Tokyo, Wilson ran with the guys.
One of those guys was Tucker, the Meet of Champions 400-meter intermediate hurdles champion.
On Saturday, before the meet was postponed a day because of thunderstorms, Tucker ran a PR 48.33 in the 400. His previous PR was 48.64 at the state Group 1 meet on his home track.
He jumped in the 800 on Sunday morning and found himself racing Wilson down the final straightaway.
Tucker can now say he beat an Olympian. He finished in 1:57.70 and Wilson ran 1:57.85.
Wilson, a Neptune graduate, set the American record of 1:55.61 in 2017 in Monaco. Another New Jersey alum, Trenton’s Athing Mu, is No. 2 on that list with her 1:56.07 at the Trials last month. They’ll both be racing in Tokyo.
Wilson’s 1:57.85 is actually a season best. She ran 1:58.39 at the Trials. Since she didn’t race last year, it was her fastest time since a 1:57.72 in Des Moines, Iowa, in July of 2019.
Tucker has a PR of 1:55.00 from the Metuchen Last Chance Meet in May.