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DPS Office of Athletics
In her first year of competing in Detroit Public School League girls’ cross country, Pershing High junior Jaishala Seal has showed her toughness and quickly moved to the front of the pack.
“This is her first time running cross country and, to win both races so far, she’s showing some real signs of toughness,’’ Pershing coach Wydell Henry said. “It’s not easy to go out and run 5,000 meters. But she’s really surprised everybody, including herself, with the success she’s had.”
Seal’s performances have helped Pershing gain the early lead as the PSL’s top girls’ team. The Doughgirls already had one of the league’s strongest returning runners in junior Brittany Hill, the younger sister of former three-time PSL champion Nijzah Hill and a former Proud Strong Learner of the Week in her own right.
But Seal and fellow junior Renita Williams have teamed with Hill to help make the Doughgirls a formidable cross country team capable of winning the league crown.
“I knew we had a top runner in Brittany Hill but Jaishala came in and has taken it to another level,’’ Henry said. “She lives right around the corner, so she’s now attending the school that’s in her neighborhood and she’s fit right in. She’s pushing Brittany to be even better.”
Seal has a 3.1 grade point average, and her athletic talents extend to the basketball court. She’s expected to join Hill this winter and provide a 1-2 punch on the varsity.
“I don’t know if they’ll be able to get with King and Renaissance just yet, but they should be right in the mix of everything,’ Henry said.
Henry, who’s also Pershing’s varsity boys’ basketball coach, said the sky’s the limit for Seal.
“I know how hard we work and I tell my kids to be the best at whatever we do,’’ he said. “We take it seriously. So it’s really not shocking to see her or any of our kids succeed when you consider how much work we put into it every day.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.