Josh Williams only ran cross country for three years, but in that short amount of time he cemented himself as one of the area’s best.
While graduation is on the horizon this spring, the St. Clair senior isn’t done running just yet. Next year he’ll be swapping his St. Clair blue for University of Michigan-Dearborn blue, committing to be a Wolverine next year.
Going from beginning his cross country career as a sophomore to taking his career to the collegiate level in just three years? Not too shabby.
“He went from literally being nothing in running to being one of our top two guys on a very good team,” St. Clair coach Jon Davidson said. “I’m excited that he wants to run in college.”
Williams’ personal-best time is 16 minutes, 32 seconds – a time he’s hit twice over his career. When looking back on his running career, he said Davidson was the guy that brought him to where he is today.
“No question it’s been coach Davidson,” Williams said. “He’s always been telling me you can be a great runner, and he taught me what hard work was. I wouldn’t have even done anything close to what I did without him.”
The decision to pick UM-Dearborn also went further than running as he’s looking to study mechanical engineering. With the internship opportunities and ability to work around a busy academic schedule, it was too good to say no to.
“On my second visit I went to meet with the coach and he told me about the program and how it would work well with my schedule,” Williams said. “Their practices are at 6 a.m. so I would be able to go to school and study all day.”
Williams ended his St. Clair career with a bang, helping the Saints take the Division 2 regional and MAC White titles. Aside from his speed on the course, the Saints will also miss the upbeat leadership he will now bring to his new school next year.
“His leadership skills on the team were phenomenal as far as leading by example,” Davidson said. “He’s constantly encouraging guys to do well, and he’s all about the team.”