Sophomore Morgan Williams remains on pace to become one of the most prolific track stars in Northwest Whitfield High School history.

Not only did Williams set a personal best in the 800 meter run at Saturday’s state meet in Albany, she placed third overall for the best ever finish below the mile run by any Northwest girls runner at state since the school opened in 1975.

Williams’ medal time in the 800 was 2:20.63, little more than a second off the mark of 2:19.40 posted by state champion Amanda Montgomery of St. Pius X.

“I really wanted to win,” Williams said via cell phone from Albany. “But (Montgomery) was really good.

“I wanted to surprise myself. I was feeling good about the race and left it all on the track.”

Northwest coach Richard Taylor said Williams, who placed fourth in the 400 meter run as a freshman last year at state, is swiftly developing a reputation around Georgia.

“The regulars, the coaches who were (at Hugh Mills Stadium) know who she is,” Taylor said.

Northwest graduate Shelley Taylor, now running cross country at Tennessee-Chattanooga, previously won the two-mile at state.

“Below that, we never had anyone do as well as Morgan did today,” Richard Taylor added.

No Dalton runners qualified in any of the running events. Lady Catamounts senior Jerrica Johnson topped her own Region 7-4A winning mark of 17 feet, five inches in the long jump with 18 at state. That was good enough for a fourth-place medal.

Besides Williams, the only northwest Georgia athlete to qualify for a running event was Ringgold standout Katherine Harris. She qualified in the 100 hurdles.

“I was proud of all of our girls,” said Richard Taylor.

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