The blast of a starter’s pistol sounds nothing like the chimes of wedding bells. But for one young couple, those noises are forever linked.
Brianne Frost and William Webb got married on April 27, nearly 13 years after they met at the 2000 edition of the Park Cities YMCA Track and Field Meet. Well, they didn’t exactly meet at the meet. But that’s where William first noticed Brianne.
They were both fifth-graders at McCulloch Intermediate School. She had just finished competing in the long jump for her old school, University Park Elementary. He was waiting to run a relay for his alma mater, Hyer. William tried to work up the nerve to say something to Brianne, but he was a little intimidated by the presence of her father, Scott.
“I walked in circles around them for a little bit, trying to catch her eye,” William said.
After finding out her name, William looked up Brianne’s phone number in the McCulloch directory. He dialed that number 20 times before he found the courage to hit the “call” button.
“Her dad answered, and I was a little bit terrified,” William said, “but I asked to speak to Brianne, and basically asked her out.”
Brianne agreed to go see a movie with him, because it turned out that her dad, whom William initially perceived as a hurdle, was actually a fan. Scott recognized William’s name from the track meet.
“He’s the fastest guy in fifth grade,” Brianne remembers her father telling her. “You have to go out with him.”
Aside from a couple of short-term break-ups, she’s been going out with him ever since. They stayed together through their years at McCulloch, Highland Park Middle School, and Highland Park High School, where they were both on the track team. They remained a couple as she played soccer at Oklahoma and he played football at Virginia and SMU.
On Nov. 24, 2011, William popped the question in the Goar Park gazebo. After their wedding at Highland Park United Methodist Church and honeymoon on a Mediterranean cruise, the couple lives in Houston, where she’s a landman and he’s an equity analyst.
So if any of the young athletes who participated in this year’s Park Cities YMCA meet noticed someone special on Saturday, take a page out of William’s book; call him or her up. That teammate may end up being your soulmate.
For a complete list of results from this year’s Park Cities YMCA Track and Field Meet, pick up the May 17 edition of Park Cities People.