Coming onto the Corona del Mar High track and field team as a sophomore, Karléh Wilson said it was tough at times last year.
She struggled to adjust after her family moved to Southern California from Gonzales, La. In some ways at CdM, she was the low girl on the totem pole.
The Sea Kings had several throwers ahead of Wilson. Jaycee Olsen (now at UCLA), Kyla Winkle and Jessica Imani all made the CIF Southern Section Division III finals in the discus; Olsen advanced to the CIF State Track and Field Championships.
Wilson showed flashes, but her year ended at the Pacific Coast League finals. She knew it wasn't good enough.
"It was kind of hard," she said. "I was the only sophomore, and every time I'd throw I wouldn't be happy with my throw. They'd be like, 'You're just a sophomore.' And I'd be like, 'Yeah, so? What is that supposed to mean? I still want to do well.'