Despite being ill for a few days leading up to the UIL Track and Field State Meet, Alvord sophomore Savannah Williams showed no effects.
Williams stayed at the lead of the pack in the Class 2A 800 meter run Saturday before coming away with a second-place finish.
“I’m glad that it’s over more than anything,” Williams said after the race. “I’ve worked hard this season, so I’m glad I finished strong.
“I was able to do what I wanted to do. This was my goal throughout everything.”
Her time of 2:21.43 was good enough for the silver medal. She finished behind Ann Marie Dunlap of Crawford, who had a time of 2:18. Aundera Schroder of Bushland was third in 2:22.
Williams was working so hard, training for regionals and then state, that she felt she got ill due to exhaustion.
“I was worried that I might not be conditioned enough to make it here,” Williams said. “I was tired and exhausted and it was easy to get sick because I was so tired, but I got back.”
Williams felt great going into the regional meet, but after her brief illness, state was more of an uncertainty.
“I was confident at regionals that I would do what I needed to do,” Williams said. “This week was kind of a guess.
“I worked hard, but is it good enough to do what I wanted to do? I was worried about that.”
Williams finished three seconds behind Dunlap at regionals too, so her strategy at state was to keep up with her rival from Crawford.
“The pace felt fast to me, but the times were kind of slow,” Williams said. “My goal was to stay right with Crawford [Dunlap]. I did pretty good, and she has a great kick.”
Capturing silver, in only her sophomore year, gives Williams tremendous motivation for the next couple of years.
“The next two years I’ll be back here working for the gold,” she said.