You might say that Abaas Hunter, an Episcopal Academy freshman, was born to run.
“As soon as he was able to walk,” said Hunter’s father, Ron Asaad Hunter. “I don’t even think he crawled. I think he went straight from sitting on all fours, to waddling, and then running.”
Earlier this month, Hunter set a record at the Newtown Square school and a meet record in the 100 meters, finishing in 10.73 seconds at the Rustin Invitational.
It was his first outdoor high school meet. The time tied a freshman state record, writes Aaron Carter for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Hunter has been running track since he was six years old and doesn’t often lose, so competing in this week’s Penn Relays will be a challenge.
“Sometimes it’s scary to run in front of big crowds, especially when all the attention is on you and you’re expected to win the race. But I feel like I’m coping with it better now,” Hunter said.
He’s expected to compete in the distance medley relay and the 4×100 and 400-meter relays.
“I just want [Abaas] to enjoy it and embrace that big crowd,” Ron Hunter said. “He seems to turn it on when the lights are brightest.”
Read more about Abaas Hunter in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Here are the Penn Relays Track and Field events for Thursday, April 27.