Q & A with Dallon Williams
Oct. 25, 2004
As one of four freshmen in the Husky seven at the NCAA Championships in 2003, Dallon Williams was forced to adjust quickly to the pace of collegiate athletics, even while adjusting to college life in general. After leading the UW to a 19th-place finish at the NCAA meet last fall, and breaking Washington's freshman record in the steeplechase in May, Williams has become in 2005 a course leader for a team seeking its eighth-consecutive NCAA berth. Williams led all Husky runners at the Pre-National Meet earlier this month, and will called upon to run at the front of the pack again on Saturday, when Washington battles the West Coast's best at the Pac-10 Championships at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. GoHuskies.com reporter Kortney Kinzer caught up with Williams on Monday to talk about her quick transition to college, and her preparation for Pac-10s.
GoHuskies.com: You are originally from California. What led to your decision to attend school out-of-state?
Dallon Williams: 'When I came up here on my recruiting trip, I loved the team -- everyone was so nice. I loved coach [Greg] Metcalf and [assistant coach] Kelly [Strong], especially Kelly. I thought that I would fit in well here and I really wanted to run in the Pac-10. I felt like my training and what I had done in high school wasn't quite up to speed with what other people had done in high school, so I thought this program would provide a good adjustment to college. I could see myself running really well here.'
GH: Last season, you were one of five freshmen of the team, four of which ran at Nationals. What was that experience like for you?
Williams: 'It was awesome. The five of us basically spent the year together. We lived together, we trained together, and we were a major part of the team, which was something really big for freshmen. It was a huge thing and we worked hard. It was really awesome to be with everybody.'
GH: What goals do you have, both personally and for the team, for the rest of this season?
Williams: 'I have really heavy goals on myself this year. I really want to get into it and see what I can do. My goals are to get up there with Lindsey [Egerdahl] this year -- to work hard, be a team leader, make a difference in the team, and make our team better. Obviously my goal this year is to get faster, but I want to be a team leader. I want to be out there and do something.'
GH: Are there any specific teams you're targeting at the Pac-10 and Regional meets?
Williams: 'We want to beat everybody. One rival specifically? Idaho. They've beaten us twice this year, so we really want to go out and beat them at regionals. If we beat UCSB, UCLA, or Arizona State, too, that would be great.'
GH: I know you guys were disappointed with a 16th place finish at Pre-Nationals earlier this month. But last year, the team also didn't do well at Pre-Nationals, but then turned around and ran great at the Pac-10, Regional and NCAA meets. Are you hoping for history to repeat itself?
Williams: 'I feel that we repeat ourselves. I've only been here for two years, but from what I've heard, we do. We are an `end of the season' team. We were in the middle of training at the Pre-Nationals -- we had been working hard for a good six weeks. We went to the meet and we were tired. We'll definitely turn it around at Pac-10s, definitely show ourselves at regionals, and get a spot at nationals for sure.'
GH: Anything else that you would like to add?
Williams: 'Go Dawgs!'