TRINITY — Mitchell sophomore Kelli Williams took almost four weeks off after injuring her calf. She missed a handful of meets, including the Sunshine Athletic Conference meet .
Wednesday night, she made her return a successful one.
Losing the lead then regaining it midway through the mile run and then finishing strong for the victory, Williams helped lead Mitchell's girls team to a strong second-place finish at the Class 4A, District 5 track and field meet the Mustangs hosted.
Mitchell had a chance to win in the night's final race, trailing Countryside by six points. When the Cougars mishandled the baton and were disqualified, it opened the door but Mitchell was unable to run through, finishing eighth and scoring only a single point.
Williams, who also finished second in the 800, was one of the key players in the Mustangs' 98-point night. She was joined by high jump champion Caitlin Young, who went 5 feet, 2 inches, and sprinter Nashiyia Griffin, who was fourth in 100 (13.22 seconds) and third in the 200 (27.18).
Erica Thornal was fourth in the 3,200 to earn a trip to next week's region meet at Gaither, along with Autumn Anderson, who was fourth in the 400, and Christina Makris, who was fourth in the discus.
The top four finishers in each event advance past districts.
The individual boys advancing for Mitchell were Ricky Trinidad, who won the 200 in 22.55 seconds, Sebastian Ruiz, who was third in the 800, Brandon Mundy, third in the high jump, and Taylor Britton, fourth in the pole vault. The Mustang boys finished sixth overall.
The 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams for boys and girls also advanced.
Countryside swept both team titles.
The Cougar girls scored 103 points. The Cougar boys scored 177.75 to easily capture their fourth straight district title.