Article By Allie Woodward For FloTrack written in 2016.
Before they were NCAA and world champions, these stars were the fastest kids in AAU!
Kendall BaisdenAAU Records
-Girls 200m (13 years old): 24.03
-Girls 200m (15-16 years old): 23.42
-Girls 400m (13 years old): 54.72
-Girls 400m (14 years old): 53.05
-Girls 400m (15-16 years old): 52.71
Baisden is one of the most successful youth and junior runners in U.S. history. She was a member of two world junior gold medal-winning 4x400m relays and was the 400m world junior champion in 2014 before she chose to run for the Texas Longhorns. As a freshman, she finished third in the NCAA 400m indoors and outdoors. As a sophomore, she finished runner-up in the NCAA outdoor 400m. And before signing a professional contract with Adidas in 2016, Baisden was the top collegiate finisher in the 400m at the USATF Outdoor Championships, where she finished seventh.
Ajee WilsonAAU Records
-Girls 800m (15-16 years old): 2:07.08
-Girls 1500m (15-16 years old): 4:34.51
-Girls 3000m (13 years old): 10:13.41
Wilson established herself as a force early in her career by earning titles like world youth and world junior champion in the 800m, to name a few. She originally committed to run for Florida State, but decided to sign a professional contract with adidas instead. She took the crown in the 800m at the USA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2014 and earned silver in the 800m at the World Indoor Championships in Portland. Wilson went on to make the Rio Olympics and win the 2017 U.S. outdoor title in the 800m en route to making the 2017 world team.
Shamier LittleAAU Records
-Girls 400m Hurdles (15-16 years old): 57.83
As a freshman at Texas A&M, Little was the NCAA champion in the 400 meter hurdles and defended her title as a sophomore in 2015. As a senior, she earned eight first-team, All-American honors not just in her marquee event, but also the 400m and 4x400m relay. At the 2014 World Junior Championships, Shamier was champion in the 400m hurdles, and only year later she returned at the senior level and was a silver medalist in the event. Little went on to earn second at the 2017 U.S. Championships in one of the deepest 400m hurdles races of all time with a personal best of 52.75.
Kendell WilliamsAAU Records
-Girls 100m hurdles (13 years old): 14.42
-Girls 100m hurdles (14 years old): 13.82
Williams, a former multi-event athlete for the Georgia Bulldogs, set a U.S. junior record in the heptathlon at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona to earn "Athlete of the Meet" honors. A four-time NCAA Indoor champion in the pentathlon and two-time NCAA Outdoor champion in the heptathlon, Williams racked up six national championships at Georgia. Before her senior season even began, Williams represented Team USA at the Rio Olympics. In 2017, Williams won her fourth career NCAA pentathlon title to become the first man or woman to win an event four years in a row at the indoor championships. That spring, she added another SEC and NCAA heptathlon title to her resume and represented Team USA at the 2017 World Championships in London after winning the U.S. title in the heptathlon with the second-best heptathlon score (6,564) by a collegian outside of the season.
Hannah CunliffeAAU Records
-Girls 100m (14 years old): 11.86
J-Mee SamuelsAAU Records
-Men's 200m (17-18 years old): 20.58
The former Arkansas Razorback was a three-time All-American and gold medalist at the 2005 Pan-American Junior Games. Samuels went on to compete as a professional specializing in the 100m. He represented Team USA at the 2007 World Championships and won bronze at the 2007 Pan-American Games.
Shawn BarberAAU Records
-Men's Pole Vault (17-18 years old): 18-03.50
Aldrich BaileyAAU Records
-Men's 400m (17-18 years old): 45.45
Randall CunninghamAAU Records
-Boys High Jump (15-16 years old): 7-02.00
Sam HumphreysAAU Records
-Men's Javelin Throw 800g (17-18 years old): 225-07
Robert Griffin III
-Boys 400m Hurdles (15-16 years old): 51.77
-Men's 400m Hurdles (17-18 years old): 49.56
Though RG3 didn't run track after his All-American freshman year at Baylor, he was an undeniable Texas talent on the AAU circuit. Plus, he still managed to win a Heisman Trophy and play in the NFL, which are rather elite athletic accomplishments.