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Young sprinter scorches the track in record time

Trae Williams, 15 broke a 26-year-old Met West Record in winning the 100m track and field at St John's Anglican College. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite
Trae Williams, 15 broke a 26-year-old Met West Record in winning the 100m track and field at St John's Anglican College. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite Inga Williams

PROMISING young sprinter Trae Williams has shown his speed with a blistering win in the state competition for the 100m and 200m titles.

A student at St John's Anglican College in Forest Lake, the 15-year-old scorched down the 100m track for a time of 10.98s.

The win followed an equally impressive performance at the Metropolitan West titles where Mr Williams broke a 26-year-old record in the same event.

The Browns Plains teen said he was pleased with the result and looked forward to racing in nationals next month.

"I've been running for quite a while now, since primary school," he said.

"But this was the first time I have won at this level so I was very happy with that."

Mr Williams said his talent for sprinting ran in the family with his sister having competed in the 100m event at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona.

"I'm hoping to race well in nationals," the Year 10 student said.

"If I do, I'll be eligible to compete in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney."

St John's head of sport Richard Haines said Trae was part of a very successful track and field team this year, with 12 students from the school selected to compete in states.

"It's great to have sporting talent like Trae within the school," he said.

"He's a confident athlete but not arrogant and an athlete other students from the school look up to."

In the lead up to competition, the schools most promising athletes took part in a high performance track and field camp to further improve their skills.

Held at the Sports Super Centre in Runaway Bay, Mr Williams said the four days of elite training at the facility had been beneficial.

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