Williams PRs in 200 at Nationals, places 5th in girls elite final
Hailey Williams of Delta Junction clocked a personal-best time in the 200-meter dash on the biggest stage at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Her time of 24.05 seconds was a full second faster than her time at the state championships three weeks ago when she won the Alaska D2 title in 25.06.
Williams, of Delta High fame, placed fifth out of eight runners in the finals for the girls emerging elite division. She also had the fifth-best time in the prelims out of 40 participants.
Her time of 24.05 is faster than the Alaska high school record of 24.73 set in 2015 by Tanner Ealum of ACS. However, state records can be set at only the state meet.
Still, it should put in perspective what Williams is doing on the track.
At last year’s Nationals, she became the first Alaska girl in 37 years to break the 12-second barrier in the 100-meter dash when she posted a PR of 11.95 in the prelims.
This year she ran 11.99 to tie for 12th out of 44 finishers.
Williams, a Class of 2020 standout, has swept the 100, 200 and 400 D2 state titles in each of the last two years with the fastest times overall at both meets.