Four current and former preps making their marks

Courtesy of Facebook Simone Wilson

This week’s column highlights feature a track and field All-American, a football and basketball player, a former girls’ basketball star, and a senior basketball player headed to prep school.

Simone Wilson

The former Minneapolis Southwest High School and current Concordia University Chicago hurdler, one of the most decorated track and field student athletes in the history of both schools, recently captured the 400 meter-hurdles title at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Finals last week in Geneva, Ohio.

For Wilson, it was her second consecutive national title in the event. She holds the Southwest record in the 100 meter hurdles-33” and is also a part of the Lakers’ record-holding 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams.

Wilson earned All-American honors.

Christian Jones
Photo by Mitchell Palmer McDonald

Christian Jones

The senior, a student-athlete at St. Paul Johnson who will attend Macalester College next fall, excelled in football and basketball for the Governors the past three years. 

Jones was All-Conference in basketball while leading Johnson to the City Conference championship this past winter. He played running back for the football team and averaged 10 points as a point guard in basketball.

Jones was the only St. Paul City Conference student-athlete to be named to the Minnesota State High School League All-Academic Basketball team.

Olivia Williams
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Olivia Williams

Benilde St. Margaret’s girls’ basketball star Olivia Williams recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Peru State College, a NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) school in Nebraska.

Prior to signing with PSC, Williams played at North Dakota State College of Science and Dawson Community College.

Williams is a 5’8” forward.

Photo by Mitchell Palmer McDonald Ishmael David

Ishmeal David

The 6’3” guard, who starred for St. Paul Johnson’s City Conference basketball team the past three years, will be attending United Prep next year.

David was All-Conference and was St. Paul City Conference Co-MVP this past season while averaging 14 points per game for the Governors, leading them to a 16-6 record.