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Williams sprinting previous decade-long observe document

Anticipating the gunshot, able to take off in her lane, Coppell sophomore Sophia Williams repeats the Philippians 4:13 verse, “I can do all issues by means of Christ which strengtheneth me,” ready to provide the race her all. 

 On Feb. 24 on the Hebron Hawk Relays, Williams broke the varsity document within the 800-meter run set in 2010 by one second at 1:40.

In the case of competitors, Williams’s specialty lies in relay occasions, particularly the 800-meter run and 1,600-meter relays. Her current triumphs embody incomes first place within the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:40 and within the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 4:02 seconds, together with receiving third place within the 200-meter dash with a time of 25 seconds – merely 30 milliseconds away from surpassing the 2015 document.

Williams’ observe journey started in seventh grade at Coppell Center Faculty East. Nonetheless, her love for working traces again to her childhood when she ran together with her father and older sister, Coppell senior observe runner Emma Williams. 

Rising up watching all her older siblings succeed inside observe, Sophia believed she had the potential to realize that greatness, if no more. 

“I noticed Sophia’s curiosity and keenness for observe being sparked final yr when she first started highschool observe,” Emma mentioned. “Our household already knew that she was a fantastic runner in center faculty, however I noticed her being on the identical group as me for the present faculty yr as an opportunity to assist her be higher than I used to be at her age.”

With Sophia beforehand taking part in basketball in her freshman yr, she suffered a leg damage within the ultimate recreation, forcing her to sit down out for the 2023 observe season. Nonetheless, she returned to working higher than ever with the motivation of gaining velocity, using her summer time in observe to grind. 

“Sophia may be very self-motivated and also you’re not going to listen to her be the loudest within the room as a result of whereas she isn’t a verbal chief, she leads by instance together with her work ethic,” Coppell ladies observe coach Landon Wren mentioned. “I don’t must query what she’s doing throughout apply as a result of I’m assured that she’s at all times doing precisely what she must do to succeed in her highest potential.”

Sophia’s weekly routine revolves round having day by day practices with bi-weekly after-school practices and weight room periods, together with warm-ups and specialised exercises primarily based on the upcoming relay that she can be competing in. 

“It’s exhausting to stability teachers with sports activities, and although I’ve needed to pull a couple of all-nighters, what motivates me most is the truth that I might be able to earn an athletic school scholarship,” Sophia mentioned. “It helps me replicate on how far I’ve come since seventh grade and I remind myself how proud I’ve made my dad with my enchancment.”

In a household with 5 siblings, Sophia and her three older siblings are all well-experienced in observe with every incomes a time on the Coppell observe and area document board.

“Sophia and I are very aggressive with one another however I like being on observe together with her as a result of her success motivates me to be quicker and work tougher too,” Emma mentioned. “We do the identical occasions and since we’ve solely been capable of spend two years as teammates, I feel we share the highlight nicely.”

Sophia makes probably the most of getting mentors in her household by means of their assist and assist with occasions they’ve beforehand run. 

“After seeing how a lot exhausting work Sophia put into simply specializing in observe within the fall of 2023, I knew this could be yr for her,” Wren mentioned. “Setting a brand new 800-meter document was just the start for Sophia and I feel there may probably be extra observe information to be damaged by her – the sky’s the restrict for her.”

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