The young mainland track and field team makes waves at the East Coast Classic at Flagler Palm Coast High School | Ormond Beach Observer
Kiera Williams just started her freshman track season at Mainland High, and she’s already aiming high.
By the time she graduates, she wants to break Cydney Wright’s school records in the 100 and 200 meter dash. Last year, Wright won the Class 3A state championship in the 200 and finished third in the 100.
Head coach Terrance Anthony has no doubts about Williams’ chances.
“She’s going to be a beast,” he said.
However, she has a long way to go. Williams set personal records in both events at the East Coast Classic on February 25 at Flagler Palm Coast High School.
She finished 15th of 64 competitors in the 200 with a time of 27.78 and 16th of 57 competitors in the 100 with a time of 13.34. She also helped Mainland finish seventh overall in the 4×100 relay and sixth in the 4×400 relay, running the anchor course in both events.
Williams would still have to shave more than four seconds off her 200 time and about 1.5 seconds off her 100 time just to be close to Wright’s marks.
But she certainly has the work ethic, Anthony said. Williams is a four-sport athlete on the mainland. She was a member of the swim and soccer teams during the fall and winter seasons and will also be playing flag football this season. She also attends the Nova Center three days a week.
Next year she could swap swimming for golf, she said.
“I like to be busy. I’m never home,” Williams said. “Dancing keeps my body in shape. Otherwise I’d be sore like a grandma. I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed.”
The Mainland boys team placed fifth and the girls team 14th at the East Coast Classic.
The Bucs achieved the best results in jumping. Sophomore Zavier Mincey finished second in the boys high jump (6ft, 1.5in) and third in the long jump (20-9.75). Senior Nick Antoine was just behind Mincey in the high jump for third (5-11.5).
“Dancing keeps my body in shape. Otherwise I’d be sore like a grandma. I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed.”
“It’s not my PR, but I just got back on track from basketball, so I’m happy with that,” Anton said. “Zavier and I worked together a lot in the high jump.”
Two other Bucs placed in the long jump. Jordan Porter was sixth while Nathaniel Davis was seventh.
Jonathan Williams was second over 110 hurdles (15.25 seconds) while Emmanuel Yisrael was fifth. Davis was seventh in the 100 meters.
Avari Walker had the best finish for the girls and placed fifth in the shot put. Cassidy Campbell was sixth in the high jump while Camryn Campbell was seventh in the long jump.
“We have a very young team, full of freshmen and sophomores,” said Anthony. “This was only our second meeting so I’m very happy with the effort I’ve seen.”