By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal
On May 11, Commerce High School Senior Buck Wilson became what he’d been training his whole life for; a state champion.
Wilson recently competed in the State track meet in Austin, taking home the championship with his jump of 47 feet 10 3/4 inches.
Wilson said he felt peace as he competed in the event.
“I was just calm,” he said, adding that the triple jump is his favorite event because he feels it’s more competitive.
In the training leading up to the event, Wilson said he always remembered something his father told him growing up, the name he carried.
“My dad always told me I was a Wilson,” he said.
Wilson also competed in and won the silver medal at state in the 300-meter hurdles.
Wilson ran in lane one in the event, which according to him, is his least favorite lane.
“I knew I had to push because lane one is the worst lane to have,” he said.
Only one thing was going through Wilson’s head while running, and that was “Just don’t fall”.
When Wilson isn’t winning state track meets, he can be found playing a slew of other sports, including football, baseball, tennis and basketball for the school.
“I just stay active, it doesn’t matter what I do,” he said.
Wilson said the sports keep him busy, active and disciplined, traits that will push him forward as he moves onto playing defensive back for Southeast Missouri State University.
Although Wilson said he thinks he is better at offense in football, he played wide-receiver for the Tigers — he recorded 35 catches for 753 yards and nine touchdowns his senior year at CHS — he thinks he’ll fit right in at defensive back.
According to Wilson, CHS Athletic Director Scott Wells knows how to take a bunch of high schoolers and turn them into a fighting team.
“He is a great coach and the only coach that could handle us and keep us straight,” he said. “I’m going to miss football the most. The coaches and the teammates.”
Wilson will be studying Criminology and said he wants to pursue a career in the FBI or DEA.
A man of few words, Wilson his parting words of advice to the younger classes short and sweet.
“Work hard,” he said.