Former EA track star earns All-America honors

Kyle Riviere
Ariane Williams set a new Xavier school record in the 400 at the conference track meet back in April. Photo courtesy of

It has been a tremendous year for former Ascension athletes excelling at the college level.

Multiple softball and baseball standouts reached the NCAA Tournament and earned all-conference postseason recognition, and now, a track star has earned a prestigious honor.

Ariane Williams was one of the most heralded East Ascension track athletes the school has had in recent memory, and she has continued to shine at the next level.

Recently, the Gonzales native earned All-America awards for Xavier University of Louisiana following top-eight finishes at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.

Williams performed well over the course of the event.

She placed seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.11 seconds.

Later in the day, she helped Xavier’s 1,600 relay team finish eighth with a time of three minutes and 56.31 seconds. Williams ran the second leg of the relay.

In addition to Williams, her teammate and fellow member of the 1,600 relay team, Tramaine Shannon also earned All-America honors.

Williams made a name for herself in high school. She was a key piece in the area’s Future Track Club, and she was a championship sprinter at East Ascension.

In her senior season with the Lady Spartans, Williams won District 5-5A titles in both the 100 (12.74 seconds) and the 400 (57.32 seconds).

At the Class 5A state meet, she finished third in the 400 and fifth in the 100.

As a result, Williams was an All-State selection.

She originally signed to Southeastern, before transferring to Xavier. Williams is currently a sophomore.

Earlier this season, Williams helped Xavier win the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women’s outdoor track and field championship for the fourth time in five years.

In winning the event, Williams finished fifth in the 400 with a time of 56.63 seconds. This time may not have been good enough to win her the event, but it was fast enough to set a new school record.