COSTA MESA — Going into Thursday, Persis William-Nensah said she had won every 100-meter event in the Orange Coast League this season.
She still felt nervous in her final one.
William-Nensah had never raced in the league track and field finals. She is a freshman at Estancia High, but she shook the jitters and left everyone behind in the 100.
Racing on her home track helped.
William-Nensah placed first in the 100 in 12.54 seconds and she won the 200 in 26.11 at Jim Scott Stadium, helping her qualify for the CIF Southern Section Division III preliminaries on May 14.
Good thing for her is that meet is at Jim Scott Stadium.
Joining William-Nensah at the section preliminaries is another youngster in Costa Mesa's Jennifer Daley. The sophomore swept the 400 (1:00.90) and triple jump (32 feet, 10 1/2 inches) events.
Ashley Tupailesa also was a two-event winner for the Mustangs. The junior set a personal-best mark of 103 in the discus throw and recorded a 34-0 1/2 in the shot put.