This week’s Orange Panther of the week is freshman sprinter Jarmil Wingate.
On April 18 during a track & field meet at Auman Stadium that featured Cedar Ridge and Southern Durham, Wingate broke the school record in the 200 meters with a time of 26.34 seconds.
Wingate, who was a regular rotation player for the Lady Panthers women’s basketball team last winter, also won the 100 meter race at 12.94 seconds, which tied her personal best. She ran the same time during a meet at Cedar Ridge High School on April 11.
This season, Wingate has won the 100 meter dash in all four of Orange’s meets, which started with a dual event at East Chapel Hill on March 7.
Wingate started competing in track & field two years ago.
“I’ve just kept with it because I thought I was really good,” Wingate said. “Then some coaches started telling me I could really go somewhere. I’m thankful for all of the coaches who push me and see something in me.”
Wingate credits much of her development to Coach Lori Merritt at Stanford Middle School.
“She was the coach who really helped me,” Wingate said. “She really pushed me and she pushes me even now. I usually ran with the boys and she told me should could beat the boys. I’ve never beaten the boys but I’m still trying.”
Now that she’s broken the school 200 meter record, Wingate also wants to break the school 100 meter record.
Orange will compete in the Big 8 Track & Field Championships on Wednesday at Southern Durham High School.