For three years, Devyn Williams has run in race after race, sprint after sprint and looked up at the clock as he’s kept trying to improve.
But this weekend marks yet another test for the speedy senior.
Williams will compete in the Region I-5A Track Meet this weekend and has one final shot at qualifying for the state track meet in Austin next month.
“You can say it’s now or never because it’s my last year and we won’t have another shot at this,” Williams said. “Basically we’re just trying to do all we can to get to that state meet.”
Williams will run in the boys 200-meter dash and with the Kangaroos team in the 400 relay at the regional meet.
The regional track meet begins Friday at Texas Tech’s Fuller Track Complex in Lubbock. The running preliminaries will be on Friday and finals on Saturday.
Williams qualified for the regional meet by winning silver in the boys 200 dash with a time of 22.09 seconds and helping the Roos’ 400 relay team that finished fourth with a time of 41.82 seconds
Williams started running track his sophomore year as a way to improve on his speed for football.
Killeen boys track and field coach Greg Russell remembers when Williams first came out for the track team after playing on the Roos varsity football team as a wide receiver.
“We knew about his speed so we were excited because he was young, he was fast and he contributed to our football team so we looked forward to him running track,” Russell said.
Russell added that since then, Williams’ determination and hard work led him to improve his strength and endurance to become a better athlete.
Williams has spent countless hours on the track and in the weight room.
“If you want to get to state, you have to put in some extra work on weekends,” Williams said.
In addition to football and track, Williams was also a part of the Killeen basketball team and hit a buzzer-beater to help Killeen beat Belton to earn a district win this season.
Academically, he’s in the honors AVID program that helps prepare kids for college.
Williams is an Oklahoma Panhandle State University football signee and will play for the NCAA Division II independent Aggies in the fall.
But for now, Williams wants to have one last run in maroon and white and, hopefully, leave behind a legacy.
“I’m just trying to break all of the records in the 200,” Williams said.
“I don’t even know who has the record, I’m just trying to run faster and faster each week and see if I go to state.”
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