South Effingham High School

Track leads Williams to USC Beaufort signing

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April 20, 2016

By Patrick Donahue

illiams didn’t envision signing a collegiate letter of intent. Monday afternoon, the South Effingham High School track athlete put her name on paper for the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. “If you had asked me a few years ago, I would have said no one is going to sign me, she said. “I had no faith in myself a few years ago. Even SEHS track coach Laura Soles said Williams wasn’t fast when she started. By the next year, she was fast enough to get into the second heat. “But if she got in front, she always won, Soles said. As a junior, Williams’ times improved and she moved up to the fast team, Soles added, and Williams ran over the summer as well. “This year’s she up there with the big boys, and she’s handled herself, the coach said. Williams also has noticed how much she’s improved. “It’s cool to see how much I’ve grown and how much of a better athlete I’ve become, she said. “And I still have a long way to go and I’m ready to take that next step. Williams, who runs the 200-meter dash, is on the 4x100 meter relay team and does the triple jump, said she loves “to get out there and run. “It makes me feel good about myself, she said. “I love to compete. I just want to see how much better I can get. USCB’s campus is not too big and not too small, Williams said, and she also liked the environment and the effort the school puts into helping student-athletes succeed. “The campus is just what I needed, she said. “I am very, very excited. I would never have seen this coming a few years ago. It’s a big step and I’m ready to move on to the next level. Before she heads off to USCB, Williams and the Mustangs track teams are in Statesboro today for the Region 3-AAAAA meet.

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