While a gusting head wind was about the only challenge faced by Costa Mesa High boys' sprinter Quinton Bell on Thursday, Estancia girls' sprint star Persis Williams-Mensah received a rare Orange Coast League challenge in the boys' and girls' league dual track and field meet between the crosstown rivals at Jim Scott Stadium.
Williams-Mensah, a senior three-time league champion in the 100 and 200 meters who has never lost a race in league competition, held off Costa Mesa sophomore Paige LaBare by a step in the 200 on Thursday. Williams-Mensah, with UC Irvine coaches in attendance to observe her, topped LaBare by .44 seconds (about five feet) in the 100 to keep her unbeaten streak intact.
"I was more nervous than usual," Williams-Mensah said after the 100, the first of the two races, in which she posted a time of 12.56 seconds. "I was expecting competition today and it just pushes you to train harder. And when the actual race comes up, it's crazy."