This 10-year-old Camden Girl Just Shattered a National Record

Sianni Wynn is only 10 years old, but the young girl from Camden is already shattering national records.

During the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships held in late July, Wynn swept all three of her races and ran the 400-meter dash in 58.7 seconds, breaking the national age group record of 59.8 seconds set in 1994 by gold-winning Olympian Monique Henderson.

Wynn’s coach Albert Essilfie said she came close to nearly shattering the record for the 200-meter dash too, but missed it by 0.1 seconds, before coming back and breaking the 400-meter record.

“She performed great for such a young athlete, she had such poise. It’s incredible,” says Essilfie of the Wills Camden PAL Track Club.

When Wynn first started track, Essilfie says she wasn’t thrilled about the long-distance running they did during practice.

“We went to the first meet and saw it was more involved than long-distance. She thought it was fun and wanted to do it, and she’s been off to the races ever since,” he says. On the field, Essilfie says Wynn is the kind of athlete that loves to win, but she’s personable and gets along with everyone, including her competitors.

“She’s always wishing her competitors well,” he says. “If someone has trouble with their start, she’s the first one to help them. It’s been a pleasure coaching her.”

Wynn also appeared on “Good Morning America” alongside her father Eric Wynn and coach Essilfie. The young track star said she initially didn’t know she had broken the record until she was back in the stands, but that she was “happy and really excited” when she found out.

The Willis Camden Track Club won 24 medals in total at this year’s nationals.


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