4. Briana Williams
School: Northeast (Oakland Park, Florida)
Sport: Track and Field
Events: 100, 200-meter
The ALL-USA Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year qualified to represent Jamaica in the IAAF World Championships after breaking the U-18 record when she eclipsed 11 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Her 10.94-second run placed third in the race, behind a then-26-year-old and a 32-year-old.
Briana Williams was the second high school runner to ever run faster than 11.10 – something she did three times, matching the 11.10 time, then running 11.02, and finally culminating in her 10.94 race, which she ran with a fever.
It was the fourth-fastest 100-meter race by any female — younger or older — this year.
When Williams was 16, she won the 100- and 200-meter races at the IAAF World U20 Championships. She was the youngest in the race.
Now entering her senior year, Williams will come with the experience of international competition and the confidence than she can beat 11 seconds. If she can do that while sick, how fast can Williams run when fully healthy? All that is assuming she runs — MileSplit is reporting she might not run another high school individual race.
If that’s the case, it’s just her against the pros.
Williams will be an athlete to watch in international competitions and during the school year. According to the Olympic Channel, she is aiming for her “prime” Olympics to be in 2024 and 2028. She should be on your radar for the next decade.