The internationally acclaimed Track and Field News (T&FN) publication has named Jamaica’s sprinter Briana Williams as the High School Athlete of the Year.
According to T&FN, it waited for Williams to be cleared of wrongdoings in her recently concluded doping violation before starting the voting process.
The publication said that Williams, who runs the 100 and 200 metres, was a clear favourite among the 19 voters, as she got 14 picks for the top spot, with Anna Hall, who participates in the high jump and heptathlon getting four and long and triple jumper Jasmine Moore getting the other. All three are based in the United States of America.
T&FN said that Williams was marked down by one of the voters because of the doping violation, as well as not participating for her school, Northeast High in Oakland Park, Florida, which the publication said is not a determining factor.
In August, it was announced that Williams tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) but was cleared of wrongdoing by the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel in September, which publicly reprimanded her.
Williams, however, missed the World Championships in Doha, Qatar late September. She cited the time it would take to get to the event after the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel’s decision. That decision was made just two days before the beginning of the event.