Fresh off her win at the Adidas Boost Boston Games a fortnight ago, Briana Williams is set for what could be her biggest challenges to date.
Unbeaten in the 100m so far this season, the 16-year-old rising star is set to compete this weekend at the Great Southwest Classic in New Mexico against the USA’s fastest girls. One week later she will take on a senior field of female sprinters at the Racers Grand Prix in Jamaica including the reigning world champion.
Williams, a sophomore at Oakland Park Northeast (FL) sophomore, who broke a world age group record for 15-year-olds in March with a time of 11.13 will travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico this weekend where she is entered in both the 100m and 200m alongside Texans Kynnedy Flannel, Kenondra Davis, Alexis Brown and Kelly Rowe.
At the Racers Grand Prix, she will match strides against the likes of 2017 World Champion Tori Bowie, Candice Hill, Commonwealth Games silver medalist Christania Williams, Natasha Morrison, and Jenna Prandini.
Huge tasks for the 16-year-old, who has lost only once this season, in the 200m to Tamari Davis at the recent Florida State High School Championships. However, her coach Ato Boldon believes his young charge will be ready to face those challenges head-on.
“Very ready,” he said on Thursday.
“We don’t get ready for March and April, we get ready for June and July. That’s when she and Khalifa’s PRs were set last year. This weekend she will need some wind help but at altitude in New Mexico, anything can happen. Then she goes to Kingston in a race where she has zero pressure as the 16-year-old. She’s very excited.”
Boldon believes Williams, whose 11.13 makes her the third fastest Jamaican woman in the world this year, is prime to take some scalps before her home crowd at the National Stadium in Kingston.
“Because she knows she’s almost certainly going to beat some older pros; people she’s seen on TV or watched run and win big races when she was a younger athlete. She’s more excited about that Kingston race than any other I’ve seen for the year,” he said.
“It’s almost to the point where I have had to remind her – “look, we are going for this high school record this weekend, don’t start looking forward to Jamaica and take your eye off of the ball. You have two good tracks and situations to PR in the next two weeks. Use both of them, not just one.”
Source: Leighton Levy|| SportsMax