March 29, 2012

GETTING TO KNOW: JALEESA WILLIAMS

RICHMOND, Va. – "Getting to Know" is a feature on VCUathletics.com that highlights student-athletes from the 16 intercollegiate athletic programs that make up "Ram Nation." Each addition, VCU Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant Marle van Dessel chats with selected student-athletes from various programs to get inside their world and let us know a little more about them.

This edition of GTK features sophomore thrower Jaleesa Williams from the VCU track & field program. The Virginia Beach, Va. native has been a huge part of the Rams turnaround in the throwing events along with her twin sister, Jessica. This year, Jaleesa broke the school record in the indoor shot put with a toss of 47' 9 ¾". She's a vital part of the team that has eyes on its first-ever CAA Championship this spring.

Already a few weeks into the outdoor season, Williams sat down with van Dessel to give us a little more of an in-depth look at herself.

MVD: Why did you choose VCU?
JW:
My sister, Jessica, and I received the opportunity to throw together

MVD: Who inspired you to get involved with track and field?
JW:
My parents

MVD: Who is your funniest teammate?
JW:
Tough to pick just one, all of them are funny

MVD: If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
JW:
Trinidad because that is where my father is from

MVD: If you could have dinner with any three people in the world, who would they be and why?
JW:
Valerie Adam because she is, in my opinion, the best female shot putter. Also, Vince Lombardi because he was the best coach ever and Layla Ali because she is the greatest.

MVD: What is your hidden talent?
JW:
I can play the harmonica

MVD:  What is the most embarrassing moment you have ever had on the track?
JW:
Throwing at outdoor states (2009), with almost my whole right side wrapped up, because of cuts due to falling. The next day, some of the girls were saying, "The girl that won, won with a broken leg and wrist."

MVD: What is your favorite place on VCU's campus
JW:
Monroe Park

MVD: Describe the moment you felt the most pride in RamNation?
JW:
After the Sweet Sixteen when we filled the streets

What is your favorite….
Quote or motto:
Learn from every loss
Website:  Pandora
Song: Hard in the Paint, I listen to it every time before I throw the shot put
TV Show: Big Bang Theory
Movie: Wanted
Place to throw besides VCU: Virginia Tech
Place to eat in Richmond: The Village
Sport to watch on TV: Football
Pro Sports Team: Redskins
Pro Athlete: Valerie Adams

Choices, choices and more choices…
Bench press or squats:
Squats
Winter or Summer: Winter
In season or out of season: In season
Morning or evening classes: Evening
High school or college: College
Sprints or Long Distance: Neither
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
Singing or Dancing: Dancing
Winter or Summer Olympics: Winter
Cat or Dog: Dog

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