Head Coach James Williams enters his sixth season leading the cross country teams and his seventh season leading the track and field teams at WTC. Leading the men’s cross country team will be returner and Scholar Athlete, Jesse Ortiz, after placing 9th at last season’s regional championships. Returner Nicole Penick, the women’s consistent number 2 runner from last season, will lead the women’s team. Both cross country teams are looking to improve their regional and national placings from a year ago.
Last season’s indoor track campaign culminated with the women’s team placing 6th and the men’s team placing 8th at the indoor national championship meet held at Texas Tech University. The women’s top scorers were Abigail Kwarteng (1st in the high jump and 3rd in the triple jump), 4 x 400 (1st Satanya Wright, Kimisha Chambers, Tiana Bowen and Mariya Hudson), Kimisha Chambers (2nd in the 60 hurdles and 8th in the 200) Mariya Hudson (3rd in the 400) and Satanya Wright (3rd in the 600)
Top scorers for the men were Sean Bailey (1st in the 400), 4 x 400 (1st Khamal Stewart-Baynes, Rayon Buttler, Ned Ezemia and Sean Bailey), Rayon Buttler (2nd in the 600) and Emmanuel Yeaboah (2nd in the 60 and 8th in the 200).
Both teams concluded competition with one individual national champion and one relay champion: Abigail Kwarteng won the high jump with a personal best jump of 5’ 11.25” and Sean Bailey claimed the national title in the 400, setting a national meet record in the process, of 46.08.
The teams shifted their focus to the outdoor season filled with excitement and anticipation. The Westerners did find success in the outdoor season as well, with the women’s team placing 7th and the men’s team placing 4th at the national championship meet in El Dorado, KS.
Top scorers for the women were 4x400…1st (Satanya Wright, Kimisha Chambers, Tiana Bowen and Mariya Hudson) Abigail Kwarteng (1st in the high jump and 7th in the triple jump), (Kimisha Chambers (2nd in the 100 hurdles), Satanya Wright (4th in the 400), Mariya Hudson (6th in the 400) 4x 100…4th (Brittney Johnson, Mariya Hudson, Tiana Bowen and Kimisha Chambers).
Top scorers for the men were Sean Bailey (1st in the 400), Emmanuel Yeaboah (1st in the 100), 4 x 400…1st (Khamal Stewart-Baynes, Rayon Buttler, Ned Ezemia and Sean Bailey) Jaquone Hoyte (2nd in the 100), Ned Azemia (2nd in the 400 hurdles), Rayon Buttler (3rd in the 800), Khamal Stewart-Baynes (4th in the 400) and the 4 x 100…3rd (Jaquone Hoyte, Shivnarine Smalling, Gabriel Walker and Emmanuel Yeaboah).
Overall the men’s and women’s teams combined to break 21 school records during the indoor and outdoor seasons.
The coaching staff has even higher expectations for the 2018-19 teams.
Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Southeast Missouri State University and places a great value on academic success.
Williams has experienced success coaching at the NJCAA, NCAA, and USATF levels. As a result, he has been named to several coaching and administrative positions both nationally and internationally. During his coaching career he has been selected as both coach and manager for two world championship teams, seven USATF national teams, served as president of the NCAA Div. II Track Coaches Association, chaired the men’s sprint development committee for USATF, coached Olympic festival teams, and served as Assistant Competition Manager for the 1996 Olympic Games. Williams has worked with some of the very best athletes in the world of track and field and brings that level of expertise to the athletes at Western Texas College.