Rush-Henrietta junior Sammy Watson, one of the top high school sprinters in the nation, is a world champion.
Watson won the gold medal Sunday in the girls 800-meter race during the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia.
The Section V record-holder ran the two-lap race in 2 minutes, 3.54 seconds, as she held off a push by Gadese Ejara of Ethiopia (2:03.67) for the win. Watson is the United States national youth champion.
When the most recent high school outdoor season came to an end last month, Watson’s Section V record was 2:07.86.
Watson also ran anchor leg for the United States 1,600-meter mixed boys and girls relay, the gold medalist with a time of 3:19.54. South Africa was runner-up in 3:23.60.
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