speedster Lilla McMillan achieved her goals last Friday.
One day later, she put a cherry on top of one of the most stellar track careers in Tam history.
McMillan, who is headed to Tulane University to race in the fall, made the finals of the California Interscholastic Federation’s state track meet in Clovis, Calif., for the first time in three tries Friday night. Then she broke through to finish third in the 200 meters Saturday night, nabbing a spot on the medal stand and garnered a Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) record time (23.87) in doing so. She also finished sixth in the 100 meters (11.78 seconds), nearly setting a personal record.
“It’s all very exciting,” McMillan said. “Going into state, I was hoping and praying just to make it to finals. Holding onto my sixth place ranking in the 100 and passing girls to somehow manage to place third in the 200 was more than I could have ever possibly imagined.”
McMillan said she was a bit stunned after the 200-meter race.
“Seeing the ‘23.87’ was insane - it was a total shock,” she said. “I dropped my time down half a second in one weekend. It was just an amazing way to finish the season and a great career at Tam.”
100 meters ---- 1. Ariana Washington (Long Beach Poly) 11.47, 2. Alexis Faulknor (Gardena Serra) 11.53, 3. Jasmine Gibbs (El Camino) 11.62, 4. Sydney Lewis (Oak Park) 11.73, 5. La Troya Franklin (Long Beach Jordan) 11.74, 6. Lilla McMillan (Tamalpais) 11.78, 7. Ashlie Curenton (Victorville Silverado) 11.91, 8. Shakira Lewis (Manteca Sierra) 11.92, 9. Jayla Scholis (Seaside) 12.02.
200 meters ---- 1. Ariana Washington (Long Beach Poly) 23.41, 2. Alexis Faulknor (Gardena Serra) 23.73, 3. Lilla McMillan (Tamalpais) 23.87, 4. La Troya Franklin (Long Beach Jordan) 23.88, 5. Jasmine Gibbs (El Camino) 23.97, 6. Kelly Rhines (Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos) 23.98, 7. Sierra Peterson (Inglewood St. Mary's Academy) 24.12, 8. Brena Andrews (Bakersfield Independence) 24.32, 9. Lexis Lambert (Woodland Hills Taft) 24.72.