NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Less than a month into the 2014 outdoor track & field season, senior Jaleesa Williams is showing that her All-American honor last year isn't enough.
Williams became the first Ram to ever win an event at the prestigious Florida Relays this weekend by taking gold in the discus. For her efforts, she was named Atlantic 10 Co-Athlete of the Week.
"Jaleesa had a great throw with her final throw of prelims following two fouls to take the gold. She is working through some discus placement items here early in the season and we believe that when she lines it up bigger throws will follow," Throws Coach Ethan Tussing said. "I was relieved to get a mark that will qualify for NCAAs out of the way so we can focus on these changes without pressure."
Williams unleashed a throw of 169'6" to win the event. The mark was nearly four feet further than the second-place finisher.
The mark currently ranks 24th in the country and ninth in the East Region. Her throw is over five feet further than any other throw in the Atlantic 10 this spring.
Williams and Rams are back in action this weekend when they head to north to the George Mason Invitational on Saturday, April 12.