Florida High's Summer Williams - WTXL Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Posted at 12:24 AM, Nov 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-01 00:24:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - For Florida High senior Summer Williams, running is kind of an escape.

"It clears my thoughts. It relieves all my stress," she said. "I've met so many great people and I have so many great memories through running."

It just so happens she's pretty good at it too. Williams is a two time individual District Champion, she's hoping this year's title gets her through Regionals, and back to State.

"There's definitely a lot of pressure and I'm really starting to feel it this week," she laughed. "Regionals are Saturday, but I'm pretty confident so hopefully it'll go well."

"Her marks sometimes are something for the younger group coming up something to shoot for," said head coach Mike Acree. "She's the leader of the team, and she's been a pleasure to work with and a pleasure to coach the last couple of years."

Marks to follow, and those marks, are not just limited to running, as she has a 4.64 GPA.

"The discipline that's required for both doing your homework, doing good in school, studying, it's basically the same thing as coming out here everyday and running and putting forth your best effort," she said.

"She leads by example," added Acree. "She goes out and she works hard and shows everybody else if you do it this way, this is the right way to do it, follow me and I'll take you to the promised land."

In this case, the promised land is Apalachee Regional Park, where Williams looks to impress in her final run at State.

"I definitely wanted to have a lasting impact at my school and have a really strong mark on my cross country and track program," she smiled.

A lasting impact that's close to becoming four years strong.