|Oregon Prep Sprinter Blasts to 100m Record|
by Harry Cummins
(Nike Jesuit Twilight Relays) On an note-perfect May evening in Portland, Oregon, 17 year-old Micah Williams rocketed his way into the state and national record books while providing a prophetic look into the future of U.S. sprinting in the process.
Williams clocked a wind legal and personal best time of 10.21 seconds for 100 meters to shatter the 8 year-old Oregon state record (10.35) held by Thomas Tyner of Aloha High School.
Williams mark lowered his previous best time of 10.36, and is now the fastest prep 100 meters run in the United States this year. It is also the 3rd fastest time ever run by a high school junior in track and field history and the fastest ever recorded on the West Coast. The Benson High School sprinter shattered the previous West Coast mark of 10.25, posted by Henry Thomas in California 34 years ago.
Luckily,Williams' record setting dash came between brief wind gusts that would have likely negated any legal marks. It now stands as the fastest wind-legal 100m prep time in the nation this season, .01 faster than Matthew Boling of Texas, who set the track world buzzing with his wind-aided 9.98 clocking last week, the fastest ever recorded by a high school runner under any conditions.
Williams now owns both the Oregon 100 and 200 meter all-time records, having run 21.03 in winning the 200m last month at the Arcadia Invitational. He adds to his impressive resume, which includes anchoring the United States 4x100 relay to the gold medal in the World Under-20 Track and Field Championships last year in Finland.
Nearly lost in the excitement over Williams headline grabbing night, was the performance of Nathan Green in the Boys Elite Mile. Green, just a high school sophomore from Borah, Idaho, ran the fastest prep outdoor mile in the nation so far this season with a 4:07.84 clocking.
This night, however, belonged to the Book of Micah, chapter and verse.