David Williams Q&A

Freshman David Williams (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa HS) is not just a collegiate cross country runner ... In 2006 he placed third in the duathlon (run-bike-run) at the World Championships in Newfoundland. His performance amongst the elite duathletes of the world earned him the No. 1 ranking in the United States for his event.


Q: How did you become involved in duathlons?


A: “I had a neighbor who got me involved in road racing when I was eight. He was a runner and a triathlete and when I was 13, I started doing triathlons, which led me to try duathlons.”


Q: How did you compete in high school cross country and track AND do duathlons and triathlons?


A: “I did a lot of cross training. Sometimes I would have a high school meet on a Saturday and we would have to leave right after it was over to drive to the site of the duathlon competition the next morning.”


Q: It sounds as if your neighbor who introduced you to athletics was a mentor to you. Was he older than you?


A: “Yes, quite a bit. He has a son in high school right now. He started really competing after college and was very good. His name is Lawrence Tarte and he’s been a role model as well as a mentor. I consider his family my second family.”


Q: What has training and competing taught you?


A: “What you put into something is what you get out of it. I can relate that to school and a lot of different areas.”


Q: What are you athletic goals?


A: “I would like to become an elite runner after college. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll probably go back to triathlons.”


Q: What brought you to Pepperdine?


A: “I wanted a good academic school and I wanted to run in college. I liked the idea of being part of building a program for the future.”


Q: What has been your best experience at Pepperdine?


A: “I really like my teammates and my teachers. I also like how much support the athletic department gives the athletes in terms of academics. They want to see you succeed in school as well as in your sport.”


Q: How would you describe the location of this University?


A: “It’s far enough away from the city that you feel like you’re in your own private oasis, yet close enough to the city that you can get there if you want to experience what it has to offer. Although, there is so much do to on campus and there is always some activity going on!”




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