Adam “Ace” Williams

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Adam Williams was the only Mount Carmel Trackman, ever, to win two gold medals at the State Championship meet. In 1945, he anchored the victorious mile relay team to victory, then returned to win an individual gold in the 440-yard run.

According to this coach, Jerry Breslin, Williams redefined the way the event was run. Most runners, according to Coach Breslin, went into a stride on the back stretch, conserving energy for the final rush to the tape. Williams, though, had “another gear”, says Coach Breslin, “and he simply overwhelmed his opponents.”

That same year, Williams anchored the mile relay team to a victory at the Penn Relays, teaming up with “Red” McCann, John Patrick, and George Teufel. Those three victories made that season one of the most successful ever at Mount Carmel.

Williams served in the Army until 1947. He attended both Penn State and Temple. He worked as manufacturing manager for S.I. Allen Company of Philadelphia, the leading maker of sleds in the country. The Company’s product could have been named after him – “The Flexy Flyer”!

Williams died in 1972. He left a wife, Frances, and a daughter, Mary Ellen.

Categories: 1993 Hall of Fame