NEWPORT NEWS (WAVY) — The only expectation for Madison Whyte heading into her junior season at Heritage High School was to run a personal best. Little did she know, her personal best would be best in the nation.

Whyte, who helped Heritage win its first ever indoor and outdoor state championships, took home a national title in the 200-meter sprint at the New Balance Outdoor National Championships in Philadelphia.

“I’ll probably doubt myself a lot less, know that I’m one of the girls I’m usually intimidated by,” Whyte said the week following her national championship, which is the first in program history.

“No question … she’s up there with the best (ever at Heritage),” said Ray Pollard, the program’s head coach since 1996.