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Tribe track standout Jeamy Williams runs his way into Ivy League

Tanner Cook • Dec 8, 2018 at 1:55 AM

KINGSPORT — A lot of storied track athletes have come through Dobyns-Bennett High School in years past, but senior sprinter Jeamy Williams is among the most storied names in the history of the program.

Williams — primarily a 400 meter runner — signed Friday afternoon to continue his running career at Yale University of the Ivy League in New Haven, Conn.

“I sent out a bunch of emails and luckily the coach at Yale replied back,” Williams said. “I just felt like this was the best fit for me, truthfully. The environment was great and the people were great. Overall, my visit was just a great experience.”

Williams is originally from Surgoinsville and started his running career early in middle school. According to Tribe head coach Bob Bingham, Williams has come a long way from where he first started. He is also outstanding in the classroom, as he scored a 35 on his ACT.

“I want to double major in biomedical engineering and chemical engineering. Later, I want to pursue a master’s in business administration and probably get a biomedical engineering master’s,” Williams said.

“Jeamy’s dad and I go way back. He (Jeamy) didn’t even talk until April of his freshman year, hardly. When he was out at the track his freshman year and he was right behind Bryce (Ailshie), I wondered who it was,” Bingham said. “I learned it was Raymond Williams’ boy and I thought, ‘That can’t be right.’ Jeamy has certainly come very far from his days at Surgoinsville.”

Williams started his career with modest times in the 100, 200 and 400 meters with personal bests of 13.80 seconds, 27.1 and 1:12, respectively. Nowadays, Williams can practically jog those times without breaking a sweat as he has improved massively with personal bests of 10.89, 21.97 and 48.56.

In the spring at the Big 7 Conference meet, Williams joined some illustrious D-B company by winning the 100, 200 and 400 races. He put his name beside Darwin Bond, Bryce Barrett and Teddy Gains as the only D-B athletes to accomplish this feat.

Williams has also had great success at the state level, bringing home medals in the 400 in 2018 and 2017, both times finishing fifth. In the 100 last spring, he finished sixth.

Last season, it was later discovered that Williams was running with a stress fracture in his hip, but still managed to bring home two medals from the state meet.

“I’d like to go 46 (seconds) in the 400, mid 10’s in the 100 and low 21,” Williams said. “The main goal is to bring home golds, though.

“I never thought I’d be a 400 runner. Then I got thrown in it during my second meet as a freshman on the 4x400 relay. I guess they thought I could run it. After that, they put me in the open 400 and I ran 52. I worked my way down to 50 by the end of the season.”