In 1989, Thomas Jefferson High School's Marla Puryear ran the 100-meter dash in a scorching 11.2 seconds. No female runner from the district has even done it faster at the high school level, before or since.
Puryear died Monday after a lengthy illness.
In addition to her 100 mark, Puryear owns the sixth-fastest WPIAL time in the 200 (24.3). Trenton Coles, her son and a sophomore at Clairton High School, won the WPIAL Class AA 400 as a freshman.