Retired Baylor track coach and Hall of Fame member Bill McMahan ’67 says plainly that Hannah Jumper Wilson, inducted in 2022, was easily the best female runner in Baylor’s history. That opinion is hard, if not impossible, to argue with when one considers her achievements.
Baylor cross country teams that Wilson was part of won three straight state championships while track teams led by her won four consecutive state titles. A five-time All-State cross country performer, Wilson won individual state championships twice and never finished lower than seventh. On the track, she was state 800 meter champion twice, won two 1600 meter state titles, and threw in a 3200 meter championship to complete a triple crown in 2009. She set, and still holds, Baylor school records for 800, 1600, and 3200 meter runs and is part of the record-holding 3200 meter relay team. Wilson served as Baylor student body president and won the Jumonville Award, the Herbert B. Barks, Jr. Award, the O.B. Andrews Award, the Outstanding Athlete Award, and the All-Around Athlete Award.
Her running career carried her to Vanderbilt University where she was named the Freshman of the Year, first team All-SEC, qualified for the first round of the NCAA championships in the 1500 meter run, and made the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times.