• 63°

Williams sets another Longwood PR

Longwood freshman Casey Williams continued her breakout campaign by finishing as Longwood’s top runner for the third straight race, clocking a personal-best 21:27.5 at the Big South Championship last Saturday morning at Liberty University.

Just two weeks after setting a personal-best pace at the High Point VertCross Invitational, Williams broke that mark on the Big South’s biggest stage, posting a 6:54.0 on the 5K course. That was the best performance by a Longwood women’s runner this season.

She became Longwood’s first women’s runner to break the seven-minute-per-mile pace mark in 2017 and set her team’s season-best 5K time in the process.

Casey Williams, a Nansemond River High School graduate, clocked a personal best in the cross country meet at the Big South Championship on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Big South Conference

A product of Nansemond River High School, Williams is now on a streak of four consecutive personal-bests in her inaugural season.

Her 51st-place finish Saturday was Longwood’s highest by a freshman at the Big South Championship since joining he conference six years ago, while her time was the second fastest by a Longwood newcomer at the event and trailed only Gracie Piekarski’s 20:39.0 at the 2013 conference championship.

Since Williams’ debut as a Lancer at the JMU Invitational on Sept. 9, the freshman has shaved 1:43 off her initial 5K time, culminating with Saturday’s PR at the Big South Championship.

Williams placed 51st out of the 74-runner field to lead the Longwood women, followed by junior teammate Kasey Laign, who placed 68th with a 23:00.0, and sophomore Miranda Wilson, who placed 69th with a 23:07.3.

While the 2017 Big South Championship marks the end of Longwood’s conference season, the Lancers have two more meets ahead of them this fall. The first of those was on Friday at the Hokie Open in Blacksburg, while the second is the NCAA Regional Meet, set for Nov. 10, in Charlottesville.