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Class 2A track: Northeast's Taylor Williams makes quick comeback after being shot in leg

The Northeast junior sprinter was shot in the leg leaving a part back in the fall. On Friday, she qualified for the state finals in three events.
by Trent Shadid Published: May 3, 2013
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/articleid/3806224/1/pictures/2043409">Photo - Northeast's Taylor Williams and Ripley's Shelby Akins race down the stretch in the Class 2A girls 100m dash during the Class A and 2A state championship track meet at Carl Albert High School on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Midwest City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Northeast's Taylor Williams and Ripley's Shelby Akins race down the stretch in the Class 2A girls 100m dash during the Class A and 2A state championship track meet at Carl Albert High School on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Midwest City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

“We were just trying to get to our car and little did we know what we were walking into,” Taylor said. “The first shot I heard went into my leg. It sent a vibration through my entire body. We just dropped to the ground and there was gunfire all around us. We were caught in the middle of it.”

When Taylor arrived at the emergency room, her concern turned to relief.

“The doctors told me it went straight through my leg, just barely missing my Achilles,” Taylor said. “I was relieved when they told me I would still be able to run track.”

Taylor's recovery went more smoothly than she expected, and she didn't even miss any of the track season.

“The most important thing to me then was that I got to take her home that night,” Carlos said. “But it was also a relief to know that she would be able to run again. She's been running track since she was six, so this means a lot to her. She's been incredibly tough. I'm just so proud of her.”

by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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