St. Mary's (Berkeley, Calif.)Two of the nation's most accomplished prep athletes -
senior hurdler Trinity Wilson and Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.)
basketball junior Aaron Gordon
- have been done in by the same obscure injury.
Wilson, the reigning California 100-meter hurdles champion, is done for the season with a persistent injury to her left big toe. According to her personal coach Curtis Taylor, the toe is not broken, but doctors have warned that hurdling will exacerbate the injury. Wilson can sprint and might be added to relay teams, but her individual season is finished.
"It's sad because she's in great shape and she doesn't want to finish her high school career like this," Taylor said. "But she obviously has a very, very bright future, and we don't want to risk that."
Wilson, who has committed to UCLA, was undefeated in 2011 and ran a then-national season best of 13.41 seconds in her only outdoor race this season before she hurt her toe. She won the USA Junior Outdoor Championships last summer in 13.15, a time that met the provisional qualifying standard for the Olympic trials. Taylor thinks Wilson would have reached the qualifying standard of 13.0, which is still a possibility in post prep-season competition.
Gordon confirmed that his left big toe is fractured, and he'll sit out the next four weeks at least, which will mean missing various AAU and Team USA events. The two-time San Francisco Chronicle Metro Player of the Year is the No. 2 junior recruit in the country, according to MaxPreps
. Gordon, who led Mitty to back-to-back state championships, has been playing with the injury since June. "It's really (ticking) me off I can't play," Gordon said. "But maybe it's for the best. Maybe this is a sign I need to rest my body."