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At the regional meet, Williams actually cleared four events (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, long jump and 4×200) but would only compete in three.
The day started with the long jump.
Williams raced down the track and launched herself into the air. Once she touched the sand she stood up, they measured and announced her distance – 18 feet 6 1/2 inches. A new personal best of a whole foot.
The jump sent Williams to the regional championship and broke a 40-year-old school record of 17-foot-11.
“I had no idea I jumped 18′-6 1/2″. When they announced the distance, the reactions from my coaches said it all,” Williams said. “I prayed right before that jump and God carried me to where I needed to be.”
Then it was time to hit the track for its racing events.
At the Area Meet, she ran the 4×200 and felt exhausted for her 300 meter hurdle race, which made her “worried about running the 4×200 at Regionals”.
The second decided to run.
“After much thought and prayer, I’ve decided that I don’t want my teammates to miss the experience because of me,” Williams said. “I knew it would be tough, but if I really wanted to win the 300 hurdles, I would, and I did. I’m glad I made that decision.”
Williams ran the 4×200 meters relay with Lexi Rousseau, Adyson Booth and Lilly Sarbeck and finished as the regional champion (1:44.52).
She then won the 300 meters hurdles (46.445) to clinch her ticket to State in three different events. Thanks to her performance with her teammates, the Huffman Girls’ Athletics finished with 85 points and as Region III-4A champions at the end of April. The first-ever regional team championship in program history.
“It was totally unexpected and amazing to experience and share this achievement with my teammates,” Williams said.
“Turbo” also plays basketball at Huffman and last season already hit 1,000 career points for the Falcons. Now she will try to add state gold to her achievements on Thursday.
“I still have a lot of work to do,” Williams said. “I will work even harder over the next two weeks. [State]When the time comes, I’ll be more than ready!”