Cedaredge's Williams sets 3A state record in 100-meter dash
The fastest recorded Class 3A 100-meter dash of all time in Colorado prep girls track was run Friday at Stocker Stadium.
The time was set by a senior from Cedaredge High School who thought, after one stride, she may have false started.
But Sierra Williams, born and raised in Cedaredge — population 2,253 at the 2010 census — ran an 11.94-second 100 dash during the finals of the 2A-4A league meets.
The previous record, according to Colorado MileSplit, was University’s Dimma Kalu’s 12.01 in 2004.
Also, Williams’ time, before Friday, was the fourth-fastest electric-timed 100 dash this season in all the state’s classifications.
No wind was recorded.
Williams said her start was perfect.
“For a split-second I thought I false started,” said Williams, who has signed a national letter of intent to run track at Florida State University. “But it was perfect reaction time.”
And the strides were paced and nearly perfect as well, her arms pumping as she cruised away from the field. But this is nothing new. The sub-12-second time wasn’t a surprise for Cedaredge coach Kirby Henderson or Sierra’s father, Ty Williams.
Ty Williams holds the Cedaredge school record in the 100 dash at 10.86.
“So with his daughter coming up through Cedaredge, knowing they were staying in town for awhile,” Henderson said, “we had a feeling she’d be a track kid someday. And we knew with her father there was a likelihood of her being fast, and couple that with the desire on her own to be better.”
Desire meant, for example, when there was a foot of snow on Cedaredge’s track during 30-degree winter days, Ty would drive his daughter an hour to work out at Stocker Stadium. It meant Sierra giving up volleyball and basketball to focus on track. This in addition to speed genes.
“It’s been this way since second grade,” Ty Williams said. “She was faster than the boys and the girls. So it’s nothing surprising.”
But it is incredible to see.
“It’s awesome — she’s so fast,” said Cedaredge sprinter and hurdler Dante Markley. “It’s cool she’s going to a Division I school coming from Cedaredge. It’s pretty fun. Everybody knows she’s good. In practice she’s been competing with the guys.”
Williams also cruised to a win in the 200 dash with a time of 25.38.
She’ll go to state in both events as well as the 400 and 800 relays.
Cedaredge could also have the top time — and lane four — at the May 17-19 state track meet at Jefferson County Stadium in Denver in the 400 and 800 relays.
Already No. 1 in those events before Friday, Cedaredge’s 400 team of Savannah McIntire, Tani Zamarripa, Summer Herman and Williams — and its 800, where Rebecca Deal replaced Herman in the relay — won Friday.
Gunnison took the 3A WSL title with 150 points. Cedaredge was second with 125, followed by Hotchkiss (93), Rifle (87) and Grand Valley (86).
Hotchkiss’s Jennifer Celis won the 800 on Thursday and grabbed the 400 dash title Friday.
The Paonia girls won the 2A WSL title with 166 points to West Grand’s 139.
The Eagles won all the relays — 400, 800, 1,600, 3,200 and 800 sprint medley.
Individually, Lindsay Russell won the 200 dash (26.77) and C’erra Carsten won the high jump (4-10.5) for Paonia.
In Class 4A, Battle Mountain took first with 207 points, followed by Delta’s 241. Palisade was fifth with 83.
Palisade’s Savannah Hanson won the discus with a throw of 117 feet and Angela Gordon won the 100 dash with a time of 12.86.
Before Friday, Gordon has run a 12.71-second 100 that was the 12th best in Class 4A.
The top 18 in each event qualify for state.