Jaylen Slade has only been running track for two years, but he’s already amongst the best in the country in the class of 2022. The Chapel Hill 8th grader leads the nation as the fastest runner timed by Milesplit in the 100M and 200M. Slade won five gold medals last weekend at the Douglas County Middle School Championships in the 100M, 200M, triple jump, 4×100, and 4×400. He broke country records in the 100M, 200M, and the triple jump. As a team, Chapel Hill Middle School won the Douglas County Middle School Championship. Slade was also named Top Male Athlete at the 2018 Wildcat Invitational and Mustang Stampede earlier this spring.
Slade ran the 100M in 10.99, the 200M in 22.54, and the triple jump of 44-4.5 to break Douglas County records in each event. Slade’s personal best in each event are even more impressive, leading the nation in the 100 (10.93) and 200 (22.01) as one of the top middle school track athletes in the country. “It means a lot to have this early success”, added Slade. “I want to earn a college scholarship through track after high school; I’d love to run at the highest level moving forward”.
Slade’s most memorable race wasn’t an event he won, but the one he lost last season. “My seventh grade year at the Mustang Invitational in the 100M I thought I was the fastest kid at the event but I wasn’t. I ended up finishing second and it just taught me to be humble and focus on doing my best at each event”, said Slade.
While it may seem as if everything comes easy for the two year star, Slade knows he can improve and bring his game to another level. “I need to find my speed more in the race”, he explained. “I’ve been hearing that I’m just running, so I need to continue to improve with each event. The competition in high school is going to be a lot tougher, so I need to continue to work on my form and find my speed”, Slade told Born to Compete.
The future is incredibly bright for Slade as he continues to gain more experience and improve his all-around game in high school. Slade will attend Chapel Hill High School this fall in Douglasville.
As Alex from Born To Compete says “He has what decision makers in the sports world love and that is pure speed. The kid can go!”