AUSTIN — Tricia Williams is used to winning.
While some might be overwhelmed with emotions after winning a pair of gold medals at state, for the Lometa senior, it is simply what she does.
Williams defended both her discus and shot put titles from one year ago, setting conference records in each event Saturday at the Class 1A, Division II UIL State Track & Field Meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Following her impressive showing, Williams confidently admitted she merely accomplished what she intended.
“It was excellent,” she said. “I got two more gold state medals. That’s what I came to do, so that’s what I did.”
Entering each event as a heavy favorite, the Texas-Arlington commit did not disappoint.
In the discus, Williams’ throw of 134 feet, 1 inch was more than 10 feet farther than Rotan junior Taylor Posey’s second-place mark of 123-6.
Later in the day, Williams won the shot put by more than 5 feet with a toss
measuring 44-1½. Chireno’s Justice Lockett finished second with a throw of 38-6¼.
Out of the 16 other competitors Williams squared off against between the two events, only one was able to produce a throw better than Williams’ worst showing as she cruised to a pair of gold medals.
The showing caps off a tremendous calendar year for Williams, who followed up her sweep of the throwing events at last year’s state meet by setting records en route to a state powerlifting championship. Now, she ends her high school career with two more gold medals after breaking her own conference records set a year ago.
“It feels really good right now,” she said, “especially having won in powerlifting and track.”
By setting conference records, Williams simultaneously set a pair of school records, extending her family’s dominance in the events. A member of the Williams family has held Lometa’s benchmarks in both the discus and shot put since 1982.
For 22 year, Liz Williams — Tricia’s aunt — held the records until older sister Tasha Williams claimed them as her own in 2004. In 2012, Tricia became the records’ new owner, breaking her own milestones last year and again this year.
Despite having so much success during high school, after routinely dominating the field for so long, Williams is ready to move on.
“I’m ready for college, where I’ll have more competition,” she said. “Everybody is throwing more than me or the same as me, so it will be fun. I’m due for a change.”
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