Williams Ready to Defend

May 11, 2010

Fullerton, Calif. -

By Summer Mollo
Sports Information Intern


As the track season is coming to a close, Cal State Fullerton junior Lauren Williams couldn't be in a better place. The sociology major is predicted to defend her championship in the 100 meter hurdles at the Big West Conference Track and Field Championships this weekend at Cal State Northridge.

Williams attended Chino Hills High School right up the 57/60 freeways. The main reason she chose Fullerton was because it offered a full scholarship. After she graduates she wants to go into criminal justice and train to be in the FBI.

During her time at Fullerton she feels she has matured mentally in athletics and has became tougher in competitions. She also feels she has a lot more responsibilities being on a Division I team.

"While at Fullerton I've become mentally tougher," said Wlliams, who became interested in the hurdles when her high school coach introduced her to it. She rates her most memorable moment at Fullerton as last year when she placed second in the NCAA regionals and "PR'd" at 13.22.

As mentioned Williams is predicted to win big in the Big West meet and being the expected winner puts a lot of pressure on any athlete. When competing, she pretends that everyone is a full second ahead of her. It makes her try even harder to run faster and catch up.

"When you are the one to beat you have to try even harder," said Williams. "You shouldn't be too cocky and you shouldn't be insecure. You have to be at a happy medium."

The two people that have inspired her to get better and grow more are her coach, Brandit Copper, and her friend, Joanna Hayes. Copper was also a competitor in hurdles and was All-American and this encourages Williams to try and reach the same level as her coach.

Lauren's hobbies outside of track include drawing and reading. Her favorite books are The Sookie Stackhouse series. She also enjoys reading Manga, which is a Japanese comic book.V

Her pre-race ritual is listening to music. Some of the artists she listens to are Three Days Grace, Alice in Chains, Weezer, Cold and Paramore. Listening to these bands before a match puts her in the perfect mindset to perform well.

Williams' advice for those who want to perform well in track is to "change your mentality and push and challenge yourself more."