Briana Williams, 17, shattered the Jamaican national record, the world U18 and the Jamaian U20 record on Friday evening at the Jamaican senior national championships.
Williams broke Candace Hill’s record of 10.98, set in 2015. The runner told MileSplit post-race that she was dealing with a fever when she broke the world record and wouldn’t be competing in the following day’s 200m competition.
Williams is keeping very good company, as she finished third in the race to two former Olympic champions, Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
The high school sprinter joins an elite club of women who have run under 11.00 for the 100m, and an even more elite group of women that young who have run under 11.00.
Williams’ story isn’t dissimilar to Matthew Boling, the high school senior from Houston, Texas who competes for Strake Jesuit College Prep and who ran a shocking 9.98s 100m five weeks ago. It wasn’t record-eligible due to the tailwind, but remains one of the fastest times in the world for the 2019 outdoor season and one of the fastest times ever run by an American high school student.
Williams has qualified for the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar in the 100m and hopes to also qualify over 200m.