Massachusetts-Boston welcoming Williams
A Camden County High distance runner will travel many miles northeast to compete in college, as Terry Williams signed last Thursday to join the track and cross-country teams at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
“Boston’s a great city, great people,” said Williams, who has visited the city twice and the campus once. He also considered the University of Maine, Oglethorpe, Emory and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
“Like the program, like my coaches,” he said of his New England choice.
Between the indoor and outdoor track seasons, his list of possible races are the 1,500 and 3,000 meters, plus the 800 and 5K. College cross-country covers 8K, or just shy of five miles.
Williams said he wants to “bring leadership to the program and nonstop effort, because that’s what I bring to the table here.” With competition “neck and neck up there,” his goals are to make an impact in the conference and nationally.
While other sports may favor taller or bigger athletes, the only thing that matters in the gut-check pursuit of running, according to the Wildcat, is reaching the finish line first. In the classroom, he plans to study biology and eventually attend medical school.
“He’s an excellent athlete, No. 1 … and he’s an extremely hard worker,” CCHS cross-country coach Jason Konrad said. “As far as his work ethic, that will take him a long way.”