Williams believes track team needs focus

By Jillian Smith
April 26, 2007

Cabrini Athletics

“We didn’t do that bad,” women’s track coach James Williams said of the performance done by the women’s track team at the New Jersey Invitational. The meet was held on Saturday, April 14 at the College of New Jersey.

“We dropped the baton [in the four-by-one,] but other than that, we ran good. We haven’t been able to get the four-by-one together so that’s why we’re working so hard on it,” Williams said.

Williams explained that Cabrini “should be one of the top schools in the country” in the four-by-one event, however, “we just can’t focus well enough to get it together.”

He said the main concern right now was the four-by-one and that everything else is “almost there” in the other events.

“Some of the other events are more technique – just working on things. Where right now, it’s more getting the focus right on these relays,” Williams said. “If we get the focus right in these relays, we’re good.”

Freshman history major Christiana Taylor placed first in both the 400-hurdles and the triple jump at the meet. Junior social work major Lauren Deas placed third in the 100-meters and sophomore sociology major Leslie Williams finished sixth in the 200-meter.

This past weekend, the women’s track team traveled to the Widener Track and Field Invitational. There, Williams finished eighth overall in the 200-meters and also placed seventh in the 100-meters. Both times were Eastern College Athletic Conference qualifiers.

Williams hoped to finish the four-by-one at Widener’s meet. “That’s more of the concern – finishing.”

“I know we can run something good – but it’s about moving the baton no matter how fast we are,” Williams said.

Women track team members Williams, Deas, Taylor and freshman psychology major Nailah Smith ran in 48.84 seconds and took third in the four-by-one Saturday at the Widener Track and Field Invitational.

Jillian Smith

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