Gilbert's Vance Nilsson initially focused on football at high school but switched to track and field, achieving remarkable success by breaking several state and national records, leading him to the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

By the Numbers
  • Nilsson broke the Arizona state record in the 300m hurdles and the 110m hurdles, setting a new U.S. high school national record of 34.83 seconds in the 300m hurdles.
  • Nilsson won the United States Track and Field Under-20 Championship and Nike Outdoor Nationals in the 400m hurdles.
  • Out of 34 accepted entries in the U.S. Olympic Trials, Nilsson ranks 23rd in the men's 400m hurdles.
Yes, But

Despite his success, Nilsson faces tough competition in the U.S. Olympic Trials, where only the top three with the Olympic standard time qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

State of Play
  • Nilsson, named The Arizona Republic's high school male athlete of the year, is among nine high schoolers competing in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
  • Nilsson will run his first round in the men’s 400m hurdles at 6:20 p.m. on June 27, aiming to make an impression amongst faster competitors.
What's Next

Nilsson looks forward to the competitive atmosphere of the Trials, aiming to race against his idols and push his limits, with a focus on embracing the experience regardless of the outcome.

Bottom Line

Vance Nilsson's journey from football to breaking records in track and field culminates in a pivotal moment at the U.S. Olympic Trials, showcasing his talent and determination in pursuit of Olympic qualification.