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Wilson Alum Rachel Glenn Qualifies For Paris Olympics!

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Wilson alum and 2019 The562 All-City Athlete of the Year Rachel Glenn will be an Olympian.

The Bruins state champ was a silver medalist in the high jump at the US Olympic Trials Monday evening in Eugene, oregon. Her clearance of 6-4.25 was good enough to earn her a runner-up spot, and clinch a berth to the Olympics by hitting the Olympic standard.

“It’s crazy, it’s my first Olympics,” said Glenn in an interview with “I wanted to cry but I couldn’t because of my makeup,” she said with a laugh.

Glenn signed with South Carolina out of Wilson but transferred to Arkansas this year, where she’s flourished. She tied the NCAA record for indoor high jump to win the NCAA Indoor title, and then broke the school record at Arkansas in the outdoor high jump with a 6-2.75 at the LSU Invitational. 

Glenn joins a proud history of Olympic products for Wilson High, as the Bruins have now produced 41 Olympians, most of any high school in the nation. While the Bruins are known for their aquatic prowess (and rightly so), Glenn will mark the 13th Olympic appearance by a Wilson athlete or coach in track and field. And, sweetening things for the Bruin track family, they’re already guaranteed a gold, as Lashinda Demus will be awarded with the gold medal in the 400 meter hurdles from the 2012 Olympics; she finished second in that Finals behind an athlete who was later busted for doping.

Glenn will be joined in Paris by at least one other Bruins, as Wilson alum Max Irving is on the Olympic men’s water polo team as well.

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Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.