GRATITUDE IS A MUST: Briana grateful to be named High School Athlete of the Year

Briana Williams
Briana Williams.

Jamaican sprinting sensation Briana Williams is expressing her appreciation for being named High School Athlete of the Year.

Briana was so named by the internationally acclaimed Track and Field News (T&FN) publication in October.

She took to Instagram to express her gratitude.

According to T&FN, it waited for Briana to be cleared of wrongdoings in her recently concluded doping violation before starting the voting process. The publication said that Briana, 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 Briana 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 Briana 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.