Alvord’s Savannah Williams waited patiently through the first 600 meters Friday evening at Mike Myers Stadium.
Then just before the final straightaway, the Alvord junior sprinted to the front on her way to the gold medal in the Class 2A 800.
“My strategy the whole time was to stay behind first and kick at the 150,” Williams said. “I did what I meant to do.”
Williams won the state title in 2:15.91, setting the school record.
“I got my goal and got the record. It’s just one big package,” Williams said.
From the starting gun, Williams settled into second place. She stayed there through the first lap, turning at 63.
“It was the best pace I’ve ever done, and it felt good. It was nice to get out there and be able to sprint the whole thing,” Williams said.
Entering the final corner, Williams made her push. She soon realized that Rogers’ Erin Williams and Blanco’s Meaghan Seales were not going to challenge her.
“At the 150 when I started kicking and she didn’t kick with me, I knew I got this,” Williams said.
Erin Williams took second in 2:17.51. Seales was third in 2:17.97.
The medal was Williams’ second straight in Austin. She finished second last year at state. She liked the gold much better.
“This is my goal. I’m so happy. This is exactly what I wanted,” Williams said.