Norman’s Jessica Stinson & Khyland Wallace – Moore-Norman Track Poll Winners – Presented by O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille


VYPE: How long have you competed in track, and what first got you interested in the sport?

Stinson: I’ve competed since 7th grade, and I’m a junior now. My brother used to be a thrower and I look up to him so much and I wanted to be like him!

Wallace: I have been competing in track since the age of five. I was at the track with my mom one day when I was younger and she said that I was fast. Soon after that I was running in track meets and have not turned back since.

VYPE: What events do you compete in?

Stinson: I compete in shot put and discus.

Wallace: Individually I run the 100, 200, 400, and long jump. During school season I run the 4×100 4×200 and 4×400 relays.

VYPE: Do you have a favorite event to compete in? Why?

Stinson: I like discus a lot, the technique is so much fun to learn and perfect and I love watching how far the disc can go.

Wallace: My favorite event is the 200. I love the 200 because it’s not to short, it’s not too long it’s perfect. I blast off on the curb building up speed, and I let it flow on the strait away. I love walking people down. That’s the best part of the race!

VYPE: How would you describe this season? Any standout moments? 

Stinson: I would describe this season as challenging. There were so many great throwers this year, but it only helped me get better. My standout moment was when I got voted Norman High MVP for field events by all of the track coaches.

Wallace: This season went pretty well. I was able to make it to state and medal 3rd in the 4×400 and 4th individually in the Long Jump. One stand out moment this season was when our 4×200 relay was racing our rival Norman North. I was the anchor leg and when I got the stick North was halfway into the curve. By the end of the race I had walked my former teammate, now rival from North, down for the win!

VYPE: What is your favorite thing about being a student-athlete at Norman?

Stinson: Getting to meet all kinds of new people. I love competing and having great relationships with everyone. 

Wallace: The competitors don’t see us coming. They don’t expect much from us sprinters so when we show up and show out it takes everyone by surprise. 

VYPE: What is something people may not know about track & field?

Stinson: Something that some people may not know about track and field is the bond that you make with your teammates. When you put blood, sweat, and tears into practices and competitions with them, it makes a kind of relationship that no one could understand. 

Wallace: People don’t know that running track takes hard work and dedication. You have to put in the work and sweat to even be able to compete in this sport. Track is not for the weak mentally or physically. You really only get out what you put into it. You train hours, and hours for a race that’s only a few seconds.

VYPE: What motivates you to strive for the best in your sport?

Stinson: My competitiveness and my mom. My mom does everything for me and is always there to support me no matter what, it makes me want to do my best each and every time and I thank her for that. I’m also always trying to get better because I just absolutely despise getting beat and not doing my best. 

Wallace: The motivation for the sport that I have is setting goals and breaking them, accomplishing things others say I can’t, and making my parents proud.

VYPE: What are your plans for the future?

Stinson: My plans for the future are to go to college and hopefully get a scholarship for throwing. I’m not sure what I want to do past that, but my only wish is that I can look back and say that I’m happy with my efforts and decisions I made.

Wallace: The plans I have for the future are maintaining good grades, holding a state championship title, and obtaining a college scholarship.