Grace head coach Gerry Verwey has big plans for Williams as a member of the Tigers cross country and track teams. "We are really intrigued by Jonathon’s prospects in the decathlon next year for us," remarked Coach Verwey at Tuesday’s letter of intent signing ceremony. "Jonathon is a really respectful, hard-working, and enthusiastic young man. I can’t understate his work ethic and character. He’s going to be a difference maker and role model for our team."
Charlotte High School Assistant Athletic Director, Mike Sparks, commented, "Grace is getting a good one," during the signing ceremony.
Williams just started his running career but has found a passion for the sport. In his year of cross country at Charlotte, he ran a personal best 5k time of 19:01. In track, Williams has run a 2:29 800m, 5:18 1600m, and an 11:54 3200m time. In the field, he has thrown over 29′ in shot put and over 68′ in discus. His strength, endurance, and athleticism is what has led him and Coach Verwey to consider him for the decathlon for track next year. Williams will also add some depth and drive to the Tigers men’s cross country squad, as well.
"I want to thank my parents for the support and thank my coaches for helping me," noted Williams. He went on to add, "Additionally, my friends for making it enjoyable." Williams said that he has learned it takes passion and discipline to excel in sports and wants to join the Grace program because, "To put it simply, I like to run."
The Grace Christian University cross country teams will kick off their season this August, with multiple returning athletes from this past year joining this year’s incoming freshman.