Williams blazes to 800 mark at national meet

Towson Catholic freshman earns top finish of season

Track and field

High Schools

March 15, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Devon Williams added another laurel to her growing resume.

The Towson Catholic freshman recorded the fastest time in the nation among high school girls this season with her victory in the 800-meter race at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships in New York yesterday.

Williams' winning time of 2 minutes, 6.48 seconds was almost two seconds faster than the previous-best time of 2:08.47 registered by West Catholic (Pa.) sophomore Latavia Thomas at the Pennsylvania state championships at Penn State on Feb. 28.

The national record of 2:01.8 is owned by former Olympian Mary Decker, according to Trackandfieldnews.com.

Williams, who was named the All-Baltimore City/County Performer of the Year last week, already owns a national record in the 500 (1:11.53) and a national freshman record in the 600 (1:30.22) -- both of which are the country's best times recorded by a high school athlete this season.

At the same meet, Woodlawn senior Ronald Bias tied for ninth in the long jump. Bias, the reigning Class 4A-3A state champion in the high jump who was selected to the All-Baltimore City/County team, jumped 21 feet, 11 1/2 inches.

Several other local athletes made encouraging showings at the Nike Indoor Championships at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in Landover over the weekend.

Broadneck senior Lauren Centrowitz, the Anne Arundel County Girls Performer of the Year, placed third in the 1,600 with a time of 4:54.26.

Arundel senior Bryan Jones, the Anne Arundel County Boys Performer of the Year, finished fourth in the pentathlon with 3,521 points. Jones, the reigning Class 4A-3A state champion in the 55 hurdles, won the 1,000 (2:45.14) and placed in the top six in three other events.

North Carroll junior Tim Wunderlich also competed in the pentathlon. The Carroll County Performer of the Year was eighth with 3,099 points.

Oakland Mills senior Tony Cole, the Howard County Performer of the Year, finished fourth in the 60 with a time of 6.83 seconds. In the same race, McDonogh junior Darrius Heyward-Bey, another All-Baltimore City/County pick, was sixth in 6.86 seconds.

Mervo junior Julius Coleman placed sixth in the 800 with a time of 1:56.05. The Baltimore City/County Performer of the Year was joined by Mustangs teammate and senior Brandon Lynch, who was eighth in 1:57.45.

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