Cedaredge's Sierra Williams Breaks State Record
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.--When Sierra Williams crossed the finish line in the 100 meter dash Friday at Stoker Stadium, she finally reached a goal she'd been working toward for years.
Last year, she came just one-tenth of a second short from her goal, but on the final day at the Western Slope Leagues Meet, she ran the 100 in 11.94 to break the all-time state record for Class 3A girls.
"After my race, I looked up at the scoreboard, and I saw the 11.66 unofficial," Williams said. "And it was kind of unbelievable at first. I looked up at my dad, because he always times my races, and I just had the biggest smile on my face. It was something that I've wanted for so long, and it was great to finally accomplish it."
"For four years, this has kind of been the goal for her," Sierra's father, Ty Williams said. "It was just amazing to see her actually achieve it."
The sport runs deep in Williams' family. In fact, her father was also a star at Cedaredge and set a school record at the exact same track in 1989.
"Having a whole family that's into the sport and has been dedicated to it, it pushes you to excel and reach the marks that they've set," Sierra said. "It's nice having someone that can relate to the struggles and the highs and lows of competing."
Next season, Williams will run for Florida State on a partial scholarship. It's a big step, but one she's ready to take.
"She understands the difference from where she's at in Colorado to where she's going in college," said Cedaredge assistant coach Kirk McLaughlin. "It'll take some time but I think she'll be able to make a good transition. "
But first, she's looking toward the state championship at JeffCo Stadium on Thursday, May 17.