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Zachery Williams: Jack of all Trades

Zachery Williams running to victory.

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Hope Davidson

Zachery Williams running to victory.

Hope Davidson

Hope Davidson

Zachery Williams running to victory.

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When he’s not running for the OAHS boys’ cross country team, senior Zachery Williams participates in two non traditional sports: mountain biking and running half marathons. While Williams admits he was reluctant to participate in both sports, his dad influenced and motivated him to eventually participate in both.

Only beginning a year and a half ago, Williams accredits his talent in mountain biking to the training he does for the sport of cross country; stamina and strong leg muscles are a major factor in both sports. His favorite part of mountain biking is “just flying off the rocks, ya know, [and] just going as fast as i really can…it’s just so exhilarating.”

Williams enjoys riding at the grade between Atascadero and San Luis Obispo due to its numerous steep, rocky downhill terrain, as well as at Montanã de Oro, a more smooth, fast-paced trail. To accomplish these treacherous trails, Zachery uses a $3000 specialized, full-suspension stumpjumper to absorb the impact while going down rocks, and is equipped with carbon bars and upgraded pedals. During bike rides, he wears knee pads, a helmet, gloves, and a Camelbak hydration backpack.

In addition to mountain biking, Williams runs half marathons. The senior participated in the City to the Sea Half Marathon in San Luis Obispo last fall and as well as a few weeks ago as well. During his first half marathon, he placed second in his class and finished with a time of 1 hour and 25 minutes, an average of 6:30 per mile. He decided to take this year easier and jogged with his dad at his pace, finishing with a time of 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Williams doesn’t have to do much training on top of his cross country workouts, but he is sure to add at least one run over ten miles per week. While he doesn’t particularly prefer running half marathons over cross country races, senior Zach Williams is more competitive in longer distances and considers himself more talented in half marathons.

Zach really is the jack of all trades.

 

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Hello, my name is Hope Davidson and I’m a senior here at Orcutt Academy. I’ve lived in Santa Maria for 11 years now, but previously I lived in Morro...

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