LOMETA — Tricia Williams does not like to boast.
Despite earning multiple gold medals and owning numerous school and state records, the reserved Lometa senior does not like to talk about her achievements.
On National Signing Day, however, the track and field standout discovered something even she is willing to crow about.
Williams became the first Lometa student to receive a Division I scholarship in athletics since Pam Maxwell accepted an offer to Texas in the late ’70s.
“That will be the only thing I can brag about,” Williams said.
In a Wednesday afternoon signing ceremony inside the Lometa library, Williams inked a letter of intent to compete in track and field at the University of Texas-Arlington. “The atmosphere and how they take care of their athletes sold me on going,” she said.
Williams reached the pinnacle of her sport as a junior, winning a pair of gold medals in the Class 1A, Division II of the UIL State Track and Field Championships. Her distance of 131 feet, 7 inches in the discus set a new state record for the classification, while her 42-10¼ mark in the shot put also was the best among the field.
A creature of habit, Williams is open to making a jump outside of her small town, which has a population of 877 — nearly 33,000 less than the current enrollment at UT-Arlington.
“It will probably be more entertaining because it is something new,” she said. “I like new things, but not too much of a new thing.”
Her father, Tim Williams, who serves as an assistant track and field coach at Lometa with a specialization in throwing, credits his daughter’s work ethic as a key reason while she will quickly acclimate.
“She’s just got to keep reaching and getting it,” he said.
Also a talented powerlifter, placing third at last year’s state meet, Williams set a new state record in the bench press, lifting 265 pounds.
Despite having her senior track and field season ahead of her, Williams understands her legacy in school history is solidified.
“It feels good,” she said. “I just hope nobody breaks the records I’ve put out there.”
Although her accomplishments are numerous and her future is now secure, her father has no reason to anticipate her performance in the upcoming season will diminish.
“She just keeps setting her goals higher and higher as she goes,” he said. “Last year, when we finished at state, the next day, we were out here working. There is no quitting. It seems like she is going 365 days a year and 24-7.”
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