February 3, 2015 – Bluffton Firefighter Dave Adams was recently feather in an article for the magazine Hilton Head Monthly. Firefighter Adams is currently assigned to Station 36 Shift 2.
Bluffton firefighter David Adams set state records in high school and tore up the track in college. Nearly a decade later, he’s lacing up for more.
If you look in the state high school record books for the fastest 5K cross-country runner, you’ll see David Adams’ name next to a blistering 14:37.
“I broke a state record that stood for 11 years before I broke it,” he said. When you consider that his record has now stood for 15 years, you realize what an impressive runner Adams was back in the day. In fact, he nearly beat the state record in the 2-mile but missed it by a single second. The record holder for that was the same guy he beat for the 5K record.
“It’s funny looking back at those races, how nervous I was. I still get that way a little, to be honest,” said Adams.
This high school phenom took his talents to Clemson University after graduation, hitting a 25-minute 8K and a sub-five-minute 5-mile run. “That first year I did very well; I was actually the best runner on the team my freshman year.”
All the state records, all the promise of those early years came to a skidding halt his sophomore year with a debilitating injury to his Achilles tendon. Just as Achilles’ heel wound up being his undoing, Adams’ Achilles tendon injury seemingly ended his dreams of running.
“After that I partook in everything else college had to offer,” Adams said with a laugh. “I got back into it my junior year, but trying to live the college dream and being a Division 1 athlete just didn’t mix.”
CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE