Frozen yogurt. That's the reward 15-year-old sophomore Marissa Williams of Palisades plans to give herself after turning in the greatest performance by a girls' distance runner in City Section history Wednesday night at the City track and field championships at Birmingham.
Records that were established in 1979 in the 1,600 meters and 1983 in the 3,200 were shattered by Williams, who won with times of 4:56.60 and 10:37.33, respectively. Her 3,200 time was 10 seconds better than the previous record.
"I'm happy," she said. "I wasn't expecting it. It was a good surprise."
Williams helped Palisades win the girls' team title.
The state's leading high school hurdler this season, Dorsey's Reginald Bell, failed to qualify for next week's state championships in the 110 hurdles after a controversial ruling just before the start of his race.
Bell said he was told by the track starter that he was wearing an illegal football shirt. He was allowed to sprint from the starting line off the field, get another jersey, then sprint back and immediately race. Bell faded to fourth in 14.84 seconds after having a state-leading time of 14.03. North Hollywood's Sike Azu Irondi won in 14:31.