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Kaylee Williams wins women’s 2-mile again

August 19, 2012
By STEVE HEMMELGARN ( , News and Sentinel Half Marathon

PARKERSBURG - Kaylee Williams used the cool weather at the start of the News and Sentinel women's 2-mile Saturday morning to knock almost a minute off her winning time from last year to again finish ahead of everyone else in the 2012 race.

Williams, 16, of Vienna and a member of the Parkersburg High School cross country and track teams, captured her second straight 2-mile title in a time of 12:25.0, bettering her 13:22.89 mark from last year by just under 58 seconds.

It was Williams' fourth 2-mile event, but she ''was really surprised last year. I wasn't expecting to win. But since I did it last year, I wanted to try again, to defend my title I guess.''

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2012: Start of two mile race

And defend it she certainly did, but when it came down to the end, ''it was definitely interesting because it was a close race,'' said Williams, who crossed the finish line just 2.2 seconds before Parkersburg South cross country runner April Kirk, 17, of Washington, W. Va., who was clocked at 12:27.2.

Rachel Morris, 16, of Parkersburg was third in 13:00.2 after coming in second in the women's 2-mile last year in 13:23.27.

Williams said Kirk ''is one of my friends, and she helped me a lot. She's really good and I figured she'd be up front, so I just was keeping an eye out, seeing how I would be able to do.''

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Kaylee Williams crosses the finish line to win the News and Sentinel women’s 2-mile title Saturday.

Williams explained she ''started out in the back, so had to do a lot of catching up, but I think April was leading for the most part.''

But ''once I realized what my placing was,'' she said, ''I tried to catch up, I'd say, in the last half-mile.''

A senior at PHS this fall, Williams is ''hoping to run in college. I'm not sure where I want to go yet, but it'd definitely be great if I could run cross country and track in college.''

She ''was really happy to win it (the 2-mile) again. I think that's great that I could win it two years in a row because there's guys who have won it five or six years in a row.''

And Williams thinks ''the temperature has a lot to do with how well you run because I personally can't run in the heat, it's exhausting and I get dehydrated. So I like running when it's not hot.''



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