Brooklyn Center sophomore Nayeli WIlliams came into the A state track and field championships on June 7 with the goal of getting better and pushing herself.
Williams left Hamline University with personal records in both the 100 hurdles and long jump. She also took home a third-place medal in the long jump, her first medal in her high school career. Williams also made state in 2018 in the 300 hurdles but took 16th.
Williams reached her personal record in the long jump on her third attempt in prelims. She reached 17 feet, 6 3/4 inches, besting her previous best by a foot.
Williams entered the finals in third place, but she couldn’t best her prelims distance and remained.
The Blake School senior Robbie Grace won the state title with a leap of 19-1 1/2, and Park Christian junior Karley Motschenbacher took runner-up with a distance of 17-11 3/4.
Williams didn’t make the finals in the 100 hurdles, but she did record her fastest time by 0.31 of a second. Williams took 13th in 16.61, which was about 0.64 away from qualifying for finals.
Watertown-Mayer senior Ailsa Gilbert won the state title in the 100 hurdles in 15.09.