Head Coach James Williams enters his seventh season leading the cross country teams and his eighth season leading the track and field teams at WTC. Leading the men’s cross country team will be returners Elijah McWilliams and Tyler Saldana, both being top 20 placers at last year’s regional championships. The women’s team is built around a powerful group of freshmen that are equally talented. 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 8th and the men’s team placing 11th at the indoor national championship meet held at Pittsburg State Univ. The women’s top scorers were Mariya Hudson (1st in the 400, 2nd in the 200), Satanya Wright (3rd in the 600), 7th Brittney Johnson (7th in the 200), 4 x 400 (2nd Brittney Johnson, Satanya Wright, Keiara-Ashley Cunningham, and Mariya Hudson).
Top scorers for the men were Rayon Buttler (2nd in the 600), Emmanuel Yeaboah (3rd in the 60), Khamal Stewart-Baynes (5th in the 400). The teams concluded competition with one individual national champion.
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 6th and the men’s team placing 6th at the national championship meet at New Mexico JC in Hobbs, NM.
Top scorers for the women were 4x400…1st (Satanya Wright, Brittney Johnson, Keiara-Ashley Cunningham and Mariya Hudson), 4x 100…1st (Brittney Johnson, Mariya Hudson, Shikyla Walcott and Satanya Wright), Brittney Johnson (1st in the 100 and 5th in the 200), Mariya Hudson (1st in the 200 and the 400), Satanya Wright (2nd in the 400), Keiara-Ashley Cunningham (7th in the 400h). Along the way, the women broke three stadium records, and Mariya Hudson set the NJCAA all-time all-conditions record of 22.74 in the 200 meters.
Top scorers for the men were 4 x 400…1st (Khamal Stewart-Baynes, Ned Ezemia, Reggie Mouton and Rayon Butler), Rayon Butler (1st in the 800), Ned Azemia (2nd in the 400 hurdles), Rayon Buttler (3rd in the 800), Khamal Stewart-Baynes (3rd in the 400), Emmanuel Yeboah (4th in the 100) and the 4 x 100…6th (Jaquone Hoyte, Andre Edwards, Khamal Stewart-Baynes, Andel Miller and Emmanuel Yeaboah).
Overall the men’s and women’s teams combined to break ten school records during the indoor and outdoor seasons.
The coaching staff has even higher expectations for the 2019-20 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 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.