Chris Williams Breaks 1600m Record

Milyon Esayas

Sophomore Chris Williams broke the previous 1600-meter Greenhill record with a time of 4:22.51 at the Jesuit Sheaner Relays on March 25.

“It feels great,” Willaims said. “I’m happy the hard work paid off and I’m looking forward to continuing to bring that time down.”

Although Williams has recently attained this achievement and has reached a significant milestone in his running career, he still has over two years left in his high school running career.

Distance coach Jason Yaffe says that he still has a long future ahead of him and that this is only one key moment to his developing career.

“It’s a great early sign and he has a long journey ahead of him,” Yaffe said. “We want to focus on what this journey and process looks like as opposed to this moment of success.”

With this newly earned time, Williams currently sits at third place amongst mile runners in the Southwest Preparatory Conference.

“This shows tremendous progress and that he really belongs the top distance runners in the conference and in the area,” Yaffe said.

Part of Williams’ success has come from the expectations that he has set on himself intrinsically rather than those set by others.

“My next goal is to break the 3200 record at SPC,” he said.