The 6-foot-2, 158-pound junior won the long jump and took fifth in the 200-meter dash at the Class 6A state meet, helping the Indians to a sixth-place finish as a team. His personal-best leap of 24 feet, 3 inches in April ranked as the nation’s No. 14 performance among prep long jump competitors this season. A Clarion Ledger All-State selection, O’Neal also set a PR in the triple jump in 2019 (43-0.5), while his fifth-place finish in the 200 at states (22.34 seconds) was a PR as well.
O’Neal has maintained a weighted 3.42 GPA in the classroom. He will begin his senior year of high school this fall.
Also a member of the 31-2 Biloxi boys basketball team this past winter, O’Neal has volunteered locally as part of multiple community service projects, including the Loaves and Fishes community center for the needy, Jack and Jill of America and the St. Therese Catholic Church. He’s also donated his time to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, the Salvation Army Angel Tree initiative and by working at The Prospect Lab, a speed clinic for underprivileged youth. In addition, he’s served as a math and reading tutor for elementary school students.