Sun, June 22: Record run beats UI recruit
It took the second-fastest 100-meter time ever run by a high school girl to beat Illinois recruit Aleisha Latimer on Saturday night at the U.S. Junior Track and Field Championships in Edwardsville.
Angela Williams, a high school junior from Chino, Calif., clocked a time of 11.14 seconds, coming within one-hundredth of a second of the national prep record of 11.13 held by Chandra Cheeseborough of Jacksonville, Fla., since 1976.
Williams won the featured race against Latimer of Colorado Springs, Colo., who set national prep records indoors. Latimer finished second in 11.42 and qualified for the Pan American Junior Championships, set for July 18-20 in Havana, Cuba.
Two of Latimer's future teammates qualified for today's 800 finals. UI freshmen Tara Mendozza and Candace Nicholson both won their heats, Mendozza in 2:11.41, Nicholson in 2:09.97.
UI recruit Shontell Powell of Newport Beach, Va., failed to make the 400 hurdles final.
Two UI men also missed the cut: freshmen Babatunde Ridley (100) and Brian Beyers (400 hurdles), a Centennial grad.
UCLA's Deana Simmons, a Decatur MacArthur grad, won the triple jump in a wind-aided 43 feet, 11 3/4 inches.