Leslie Williams shatters Lady Cavalier records

By Elizabeth Brachelli
May 4, 2006

Dan Squire

Running since the first grade and going full force since, Leslie Williams, a freshman, who’s a major in social work and minor in criminal justice, is breaking records for the Lady Cavaliers track team.

Williams has been making her mark since starting at Cabrini in the winter track season when she qualified for nationals. After her debut in the Widener Invitational, April 1, she made an even bigger impression for the Lady Cavaliers by breaking two records set by Cabrini alumni, Sue Bucholtz, in 1996. Bucholtz witnessed Williams break her records. Williams placed second in her events. She ran the 200 meters in 25:79 seconds and the 400 meters in 58:39 seconds. Williams also helped the Lady Cavaliers by leading off the 4 x 100 relay, landing Cabrini in second behind LaSalle University.

When Williams was asked what she expected of herself in the Widener Invitational, she said, “I wake up and just pray that I’ll do good.”

Since beginning tack, Williams has been inspired by her aunt who is also a passionate runner. Williams’ aunt was always at track meets to support her in high school. Williams is a recruit from Northeast high school. Although Williams finds her aunt to be inspirational and a supporter of her passion, Williams also believes she has little bit of luck. Before each track meet, Williams can be caught peeling away a banana peel and scarfing down the banana before the meet begins.

Williams said, “I eat a banana before every track meet. I ran my first 58 meters after eating one.”

Being a part of the Lady Cavaliers, Williams has developed very close relationships with her teammates. Williams said, “I love the team. It’s so small, but it’s good to know everyone’s names and events.”

As she sat surrounded by her team during the interview, Williams and the team jokingly discussed her ambition for the future. Her teammates explained that Williams would be seen later on trading in the baton at track meets for a security baton when she becomes a probation officer.

Outside of track, Williams has a busy schedule to follow as she follows her other passion in social work. Williams is a commuter that focuses on her schoolwork and her internship. She interns at Too Our Children Feature with Health, where she is able to get first-hand experience in social work. When Williams has free time, she enjoys spending it with her friends or bowling.

With high expectations for a good season, Williams is looking forward to the outdoor season.

When Williams was asked if she was going to continue track after college she said, “I don’t see myself not doing it. If it’s god-willing, I’ll do it after college.”

Posted to the web by Brian Coary

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