Williams started running at a young age through the Hershey Track and Field program, progressed through the Ann Arbor Track Club, and ran for his middle school and high school cross country and track teams in Dexter, MI. As a freshman at Dexter High School, his cross country team made the first ever appearance as a team at the Division 2 State Championship and placed sixth. In his senior year in track, Williams won the state meet in the 2 mile, was runner-up in the mile, and was elected “Mr. Michigan Track and Field” for the state of Michigan. Also as a senior he placed third at the Nike Indoor Nationals in the mile and placed 4th at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in the 2 mile in 8:56.
Williams attended the University of Michigan where he trained under the guidance of coach Ron Warhurst. He became a Big-Ten Champion, All-American, Academic All-American and team captain in his years at UM. His collegiate personal bests included 3:42.38 for 1500m, 4:01.72 for the mile, 7:55.59 for 3000m, 13:47.57 for 5000m and 28:34.28 for 10,000m. At Michigan Williams met his current coach, Tim Broe, who was a volunteer assistant for the team. Williams now trains with Broe at In The Arena based in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Williams, 24, made his professional road racing debut at the USA 8K Championships in Carmel, Indiana, placing 8th overall. He followed that up a week later with a 7th place finish at the Steamboat Classic in Peoria, Illinois.
“I am very grateful for my selection to the 2011 class of RRCA Roads Scholars,” Williams said. “This prestigious grant is extremely helpful in supporting young post-collegiate runners like myself and will help immensely while at the beginning of my professional career. I am truly humbled to have been selected as a recipient, look forward to representing the RRCA, and spreading the word about the opportunity you have bestowed upon me as I continue to chase my dream.”