Not even a serious car accident, which left the vehicle Hallandale sprint star Regine Williams was driving in totalled, could derail Williams from chasing gold at the FHSAA Class 3A State Finals on Friday.
A week after the accident Williams pulled off a heroic performance at the District 15-3A championships, setting personal-bests to win the 100 (11.70) and 200 (23.76 – No. 6 in the nation), and earning Athlete of the Week honors by flrunners.com.
“I rode past the accident scene and said “people are always getting in an accident here” not knowing it was my own athlete,’’ Chargers coach John Battle said. “Regine showed a lot of character and toughness just to come back out. A lot of people would throw in the towel and say that’s it.”
Williams’ improbable return keeps the state’s most dynamic track tandem with Lia King intact and the Chargers’ girls on course for a school-best top three finish.
Williams and King missed out on the State Finals due to injury as juniors but transferred to Hallandale last Summer and will get that opportunity on Friday.
Williams swept the long jump, 100 and 200 at the Region 4-3A championships while King won the triple jump and 100 hurdles and finished fourth in the long jump.
Aside from a Williams-King duo Battle has dubbed “his Lebron and D Wade”, the Chargers are hopeful Tierra Lacey (TJ), Edquisha Alvin (HJ) and its 1,600 relay team can provide additional scoring.
“We hope to come back with some type of hardware,’’ Battle said. “We have high expectations for our girls to do well in their individual events. If we are blessed to come out with state title or state runner-up, that will be icing on the cake.”