And did she ever.
Williams left everyone in her dust, breaking a 13-year-old state meet record held by Mojave’s Nicole Ireland with her time of 14.11 seconds in the 100m hurdles. Centennial’s Tiana Bonds was a distant second in 14.73 seconds.
“I’m excited about the record, but I didn’t really get my goal, but that’s OK,” Williams said. “All year I’ve been wanting to run in the 13’s. I’ve been running 14.10 since the summer, so it’s kind of frustrating that I couldn’t improve.”
Williams then turned her focus to the high jump, an event she was threatening to break the world record by girls her age.
The record of 6-feet, 2.25 inches is still safe as Williams managed to clear 5-feet, 11 inches to break another state meet record, one that stood since 1994.
“I’m glad I got 5-11. I know I’m not going to get six feet every time,” Williams said. “Today I felt like I had that bounce in me, but my form was just so bad today. It just feels like a waste of a good jumping day.”
Teammate senior Nyasha LeSure didn’t have her best day, but she still placed second with her jump of 5-feet, 4 inches, giving the Raiders 18 points in the high jump and closing the gap on first-place Centennial.
However, a state championship was just not meant to be. Newell’s right leg gave out at the end of the 4x400m relay Friday night and she couldn’t recover in time to challenge in Saturday’s 400- and 200-meter races.
In the 400m, Newell entered state as the top seed by more than two seconds. It was evident she was still hobbled as she didn’t come out strong and faded to the back of the pack. She caught several racers by the end, but her time of 58.93 seconds put her in fifth.
Newell ran the 200 meters later, but coasted through the race en route to eighth place. Her time of 28.59 seconds was four seconds slower than her seed time.
“Her leg is just fried. She just put everything on the track for her teammates yesterday in the 4x4,” Reed track and field coach Dale Moss said. “We tried to ice bath her last night. We were at Reed until almost 11 o’clock. It is what it is. We always preach to these guys it’s one race at a time and the one you have to worry about is the next one.
“It’s also a team sport, too. She kept that in mind yesterday and said all she wanted to do was to win it for them, not necessarily even for her.”
The Reed girls finished in third with 66 points behind Centennial (100) and McQueen (90). The Raiders, who won five of the 18 events, need a good distance runner and a thrower to realistically challenge for a state title.
The Reed boys struggled on Day 2 of state track.
Senior Josh Gingras opened the day placing seventh in the 100 meters with a time of 11.04 seconds. Bonanza sophomore Jayveon Taylor won the event in 10.65 seconds.
A couple hours later, the Reed 4x100m relay finished seventh (44.94) after Gingras was noticeably limping on the second leg and the Raiders couldn’t recover. Senior Spencer Stockton and juniors Martin Hargrove and William Lyons were part of that relay.
The Raiders racked up 15 points and finished in the middle of the pack. Centennial also won the boys competition, earning 79 points. Second-place Reno had 61.
In the 3A meet, Sparks capped its rebuilding season with a few events Saturday.
The 4x100m boys relay of seniors Elias Martinez and Marc Garrett, sophomore Hennessey Banks and freshman Moises Collazo took seventh in 46.26 seconds.
Sparks senior Emma Clune was a dual state qualifier in the girls 200- and 400-meter races. She was fifth in the 200 meters (27.83) and sixth in the 400 meters (64.70).
“All in all, it was a good year for us. We had to rebuild and everything and our numbers were small,” Sparks coach Adam Barrett said. “We had eight kids at state. To get those kids in, it’s a positive for those kids who stuck it out.”