DANVILLE — Four years ago, Danville senior Ambrosia Williams attempted to map out her future.
One of the states that she never thought about was Louisiana.
“I didn’t want to go there, because I thought it was too far and I didn’t want to be washed away in the water,’’ she said.
But on Friday afternoon in the Danville High gymnasium, Williams signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., on an athletic scholarship for track.
“This is probably one of the best days of my young life,’’ said Williams with her family, teammates and coaches by her side. “I’ve worked so hard for his and I always had a dream about this moment, but I wasn’t really sure if would ever happen. This is so amazing.’’
And actually, Williams almost gave up on her track career.
“Last year, when I was struggling in the pole vault between the indoor and the outdoor season, I started to think about giving it up,’’ she said. “I was just going to concentrate on my schoolwork and enjoy my final year of high school without athletics.
“But, when I found out that some college coaches were scouting me and I had the opportunity to run track, that just motivated me to keep going.’’
B.J. Luke, athletics director and girls track coach at Danville High, called Williams a “program kid.”
“She is someone that came into this with a lot of enthusiasm,’’ he said. “She has been someone that we could count on to run anything from the 60 (meters) indoors to the 400 outdoors, and we knew she would do a great job.
“When it became apparent a few years ago that there was points out there for this team in the pole vault, she learned how to do it and has done a great job for us.’’