After a great track season in 2003, Tim Williams hopes to return as one of the top five runners in cross country. The only junior on the roster, Williams should be physicially mature enough to compete well over the longer cross country distances.
Williams began the 2002 cross country season by recording a second-place finish at the Creighton/Nebraska-Omaha Invitational in Omaha, Neb. Competing in five meets throughout the season, Williams recorded a seasonal-best 8K time of 26:18.1 at the Indiana State Invitational.
Williams also made an impact on the track. At the Frank Sevigne Invitational, Williams finished fourth with a personal best in the 800-meter run (1:51.85). In the 1,000-meter run at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, Williams finished sixth (2:26.01), after running a personal-best 2:25.42 in the preliminary round the previous day. Using the indoor season as a springboard, Williams also found success outdoors, earning 800-meter titles at the K.T. Woodman Classic (1:53.83) and the Nebraska Wesleyan Twilight (1:52.6).
Williams' third-place finish at the Briar Cliff Invitational in McCook Lake, S.D., was his best race of the season (26:23). Williams redshirted during the indoor and outdoor track seasons because of an injury.
Coached by his father, Paul Williams, who was an 800-meter standout at UCLA, Tim was the 1999 Wyoming 4A state cross country champion, completing the 5,000-meter course in 16:19 (A). Williams finished third at the 2000 Class 4A state meet for the Laramie High Plainsmen.
Williams was the Wyoming 2001 Class 4A champion in both the indoor and outdoor 800-meter run. He ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x800-meter relay team as a senior, and was also a member of the National Honor Society.
The son of Paul and Judy Williams, Tim was born March 8, 1982, in Newport Beach, Calif. Williams has a sister Jessica, 22, and a brother Dan, 24. Williams is majoring in exercise science.