Tallahassee, FL -- May 7, 2012 --
As Lily Williams walked off the track at UNF in Jacksonville Friday night, she will forever be remembered as one of Florida's greatest track & field athletes. Those that were in attendance saw her win three Gold Medals in what many feel are the three toughest events to win on the same night at the state track meet. She had just won the triple crown in the 1600, 800, and 3200 Meters and had done so in just over 90 minutes. This feat is so difficult, that most coaches feel it is impossible and will not even think about asking their athletes to attempt it. She was competing against the best distance runners in the State, some of which were running just one event hoping that this would give them a better chance to win. It's not that she won all three events, but how she won. She was absolutely dominant in all three races and made it look easy. There is no doubt in my mind that on Friday night, LBW was unbeatable. Lily has been an amazing student-athlete at Chiles HS and accomplished so much in the classroom as well; a straight 'A' student who plans to become a surgeon.
A special congratulations to our Girls Track & Field Team who were outstanding all year long. This season, they won their ninth straight District Title and also another Region Crown. On Friday, they move up the ladder one more step from last year and captured State Runner-Up honors. This was our best ever team finish in school history after finishing third in both 2002 and 2011.
Great job by our seniors who were wearing the Chiles uniform for the very last time: Taylor Buzzard (4 years), Carly Thomas (4 Years), Lily Williams (4 Years) and Jacob Krell (1 Year).
Below are the results of our athletes that participated in the 2012 State 3A Track & Field Championships.
Lily Williams-12 1) 1600- 4:53.60 1) 800- 2:12.45 1) 3200- 10:30.62 (3 All-State Honors)
Rachel Givens-11 3) 1600- 4:58.96 5) 3200- 10:53.87 (2 All-State Honors)
Carly Thomas-12 8) 1600- 5:03.17 6) 3200- 10:58.28 (2 All-State Honors)
Jessica Danforth-10 12) Pole Vault- 9' 6"
Shontielle Johnson-11 16) Shot Put- 34' 5.75"
Justin Cromartie-10 7) 110 High Hurdles- 15.11 (14.95q Prelim) (1 All-State Honor)
Jacob Krell-12 800r- 2:01.4
Will Spiers-11 800r- 1:56.3
Taylor Buzzard-12 800r- 2:01.7
Avery Bartlett-9 800r- 2:01.7
These four athletes placed sixth overall in the 4x800 relay and earned All-State honors. Their total team of 8:01.17 was new season best and #6 All-Time in Chiles HS 4x800 History.