Gonzales native making a mark in Southern California

Michael Tortorich

Moving from Gonzales to Southern California was a major adjustment for high school student-athlete Karléh Wilson.

But she has made the most of the opportunity in a new environment.

As a standout junior thrower on the Corona del Mar High track and field team, Wilson was selected as Athlete of the Week recently by the Los Angeles Times. The choice came after she took second in the shot put and third in the discuss at the Orange County Championships.

When Wilson arrived at her new school, she was low on the totem pole as several throwers were ahead of her.

In her sophomore year, she began to make a name for herself. Wilson threw a personal record in the shot put (35 feet) and discuss (102) last year.

In her junior year, she set a personal-best 120-9 in the discuss. In a short time, she’s come a long way – more than 18 feet.

The old mark was special to Wilson, as it came on April 22, the anniversary of her grandmother’s death.

She now wears the No. 22 when she plays basketball to honor her grandmother, Doris.

Wilson is a two-year varsity player, and her younger brother, Kai, is a sophomore running back on the football team. He also wears No. 22.