Cedaredge’s Williams runs through nerve issues in track
Not much slows Sierra Williams down.
The Cedaredge High School sophomore qualified for the Class 3A state meet last year despite a nagging nerve in her legs.
“I think (the nerves) are sensitive to cold,” Williams said. “It happened at one of the early meets last year, and it happened throughout the season. It started coming back this year, and I took a little time off it. I’m doing stretches for it, so it’s getting better.
“Mind over matter, I guess. I use Icy Hot and stretch it good. Otherwise, it’s very painful. It feels like a pinch. It’s a harsh pain. It’s better now, but it was aggravating, especially since I have high goals I want to achieve this year.”
Williams wants to win the 100-meter dash state title and challenge for the 200 this season. She has posted times that would put her in contention for the 100 and 200 state titles already this season.
“She’ll win the 100 and the 200,” Cedaredge coach Kirby Henderson said. “She won’t say it, because she’s so modest, but the coaching staff has the confidence in her to do it. She’s so tough.”
Williams likely gets that toughness and quickness from her father.
Ty Williams set the Cedaredge school record in the 100 in 1989 and still holds it.
“He gives me pointers and different ways to run and how to push myself,” she said. “It’s nice. He builds my confidence and gets me ready for the races. He supports me no matter what happens.”
Williams managed to qualify for state in the 100 and 200 last year despite running in pain.
“You know, we really don’t know, but it was some sort of a nerve,” Henderson said. “We never got it diagnosed (last year). She wanted to run through it.
“I think that taught her some resiliency and work ethic to get better. She trained, hit the weights hard. She’d run after school in preparation for the season. I attribute a lot to coach (Kirk) McLaughlin. He’s been the head coach for six years and is my assistant now, but he took over the weight room. I attribute all our success to this point to him. Sierra’s taken it so seriously, it’s made a difference, then obviously staying healthy.”
Williams and Geordan Brewer are the strongest girl and boy per pound on the team, she said.
“Weights have definitely helped,” Williams said. “I think that’s one of the main reasons, I’ve excelled so much. I think that plays a big key.”
She has one of the top times in the 400-meter dash , but is setting aside any chances of competing in state in that event to run on a couple of relays for the Bruins.
She has already qualified in the 800 relay with Rachelle Litsheim, Jamie Deal and Jordan Smith and the 400 relay with Litsheim, Deal and Savannah McIntire.