Williams qualifies in 400m dash

By Kara Driver
February 19, 2009

There certainly has been a lot of traveling for this team. For the third time this month, track and field has taken the long bus ride to New York for a meet.

The Gotham Cup was a big meet for the men’s and women’s track and field team to perform well in. The team began their meet in the New York Armory on Friday, Feb. 13.

Senior Leslie Williams was one of the top performers of the day. She had a number of great accomplishments. Since she performed so well in this meet, Williams is now qualified for the 400m dash in the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship.

Williams also got her best time of 57.18 seconds in the 400m dash finishing in third place. She also placed sixth in the 200m dash and eighth in the 60m dash beating another one of her school records.

Williams was very proud of her performance during this meet.

“Overall I surprised myself with my performance. I really didn’t have any expectations; I was going just to run,” Williams said.

“I was really happy with our team’s performance this weekend,” sophomore Dana Nardello said.

A couple other teammates excelled just like Williams. Freshman Shakeya Singleton-Ladson broke the record for the first rookie running 200m dash in 25.66 seconds. Junior Christiana Taylor placed sixth in the 60m hurdles.

These runners still have some hard meets coming their way. They will go to Neumann on Friday, Feb. 20 to put their skills to the test again.

Even though they all performed well this last meet, Williams feels like her team still has some work to do.

“This was the best meet so far this season, but there is still a long way to go,” Williams said.

Nardello feels that if they keep working hard like they have been then their hard work will definitely pay off.

“I think our hard work this week will show in the next few weeks when we go to the ECACs,” Nardello said.

Kara Driver

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