Everyone in the NY-NJ area who knows H.S. track has known about Ajee since she was tenth grade. She has had two match-ups with Cain, both in 2012. One indoors at the Armory was the most hyped indoor h.s. showdown this area has ever known. It was the only 800 Cain has run in the last two indoor seasons. Wilson won and made it look closer than it could have been. She ran about 2:05 to Cain's 2:07. I have never seen Cain so whacked out after a race as she was then. Ajee was standing around afterward about five feet from Cain, waiting for Cain to straighten up so she could acknowlege Cain's effort at a distance Cain rarely ran. Cain was just bent over, gasping for air. Finally Wilson walked over and tapped Cain on the shoulder and Cain got upright. Ajee said a few words but it looked like Cain was so out of it she could not say anything. Outdoors, about a month later at the Penn Relays, they met again in the h.s. mile -- not Ajee's distance. Cain destroyed everyone. I think her time was about 4:38. They have great respect for one another.
Ajee Wilson is a mature racer with no flamboyance. She rarely show emotion and reminds me of Buster Keaton. She is not afraid to run on the rail in a pack. She was the best h.s. middle distance racer I have ever seen.
Ajee could have run sub-2 a year ago but she always ran for place, not time. Her semi at the WC was a typical Ajee race and finish. She always makes it look easy. Her 2 flat in the semis looked like a jaunt in the park. Around here talk of Ajee and 2016 has been going on for two years at least. Around here Wilson's Gold at Lille and Barcelona were almost taken for granted. Wilson was the only one of the three h.s. girls at the Olympic Trials to get to the semis. In the final she was in contention for third place through the first 600 and then hit the wall.
Can she set an American Junior record in the WC final? Yes, but if she sees she has no chance to medal with 30 meters left she is likely to ease up and forgo the record. I'd say Ajee Wilson is capable now of around a !:59 flat to 1:58.8.
She will be attending Temple University this fall. Derek Thompson is her coach.
For whatever it's worth I think she is an under the radar knockout.