BEIJING, China:Competing in her second World Championships, Jamaican sprint hurdler Danielle Williams looked smooth as she stopped the clock at 12.77 in the 100m heats at the World Championships in Beijing’s Birds Nest.Williams got the better of American hopeful Kendra Harrison 12.90 and Isabelle Petersen, 12.96 of Norway, in what was her third time in the 12.7 seconds range this season.However, the diminutive hurdler is not getting ahead of herself and is fully cognisant that she will most likely need to run much faster than 12.77 or than her personal best, 12.69, if she is to be a factor in what is one of the most competitive events at the championships.”I feel like I’ve been sitting around for way too long so I’m happy to have started,” said Williams, who said she was becoming restless with the wait for her competition to start.”I’m definitely not surprised with the time because I’ve been running 12.7s consistently all season, so I’m definitely expecting to go faster, hopefully, my legs hold up,” she added.”The aim is to run a personal best here and in any event, I think it’s what it will require to get to the finals anyway,” said Williams, who has finished in the top three in all 11 of her competitions this season.”Mentally, I am definitely more prepared than I was in 2013. Besides, back then, I hadn’t run with these world-class athletes, it was my first time coming up against them and I was a bit timid. Now I’ve been competing against them all season long so I feel on par,” Williams added.”I consider my changes as good as anybody else. It’s a hurdles race, so anything is possible. I’m a competitor at heart and I tell people that I don’t run track and field because I love it. It’s because I love the competition, so I am anxious to go out there and compete with the best of the best, toe to toe to the line,” Williams said.”I’m pretty satisfied with my execution. I’m sure my coach will probably find something that I probably didn’t do right, but I’ll watch the tape and come back and, hopefully, I can fix it going into the final,” she added.Williams, the national champion, said she is not focusing on any perceived pressure being the fastest Jamaican this year and the national champion, but is backing herself to do really well here.”I’m not really focusing on that I’m just focusing on executing, taking it round by round, race by race, and, hopefully, I run fast enough to make it into the finals,” said.-A.L.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies survived a scare in the first half of the game versus the visiting Fairview Flyers before opening the floodgates to victory on Friday night.Before the game, it was announced the team made a last-second trade to the beat the Wednesday deadline and acquired forward Darian Fay from the Beaverlodge Blades in exchange for forward Daneil Forrest and future considerations.The Huskies wasted little time striking first in the opening period as Joel Bourgeios found the back of the net shortly after a minute into play, assisted by Geoff Dick and Jacob Lang. The Flyers tied the game up at 1-1 a minute later, as the teams skated into the first intermission deadlocked at ones.- Advertisement -Jacob Lang restored the lead for the Pups twenty-four seconds into the middle frame on the powerplay after precise perimeter passing between Matthew Apsassin, Jared Loewen and Lang. After the visitors tied the game again, Darian Fay scored his first as a Husky at 4:01 with a wrister just under the bar from the slot. Joshua Robinson and Dick with the board play to set up the big man for the 3-2 tally. With the game tied at three, Fay notched his second of the period with a high shot that beat the Flyers netminder after accepting a pass from Jarod Lang and Jeridyn Loewen at 12:12. Forty seconds later Jacob Lang also double dipped for the 5-3 marker after Gary Loewen and Lang worked a perfect give and get out of their zone. Lang scored his hat trick goal with just over four minutes remaining in the middle frame after taking a saucer pass from Gary Loewen. At the second period horn the Huskies 6 – Flyers 3.The Huskies added to the lead at 1:16 of the final frame when Lang scored his fourth of the night, assisted by Gary Loewen and Bourgeois. Two minutes later Cody Brodhagan tallied his first of the night after finishing a solo effort with a shot that beat a screened visitors goaltender for the 8-3 tally. Alex Hartman put the Dogs up 9-3 at 11:23 that capped off a grinding shift along the boards with Shawn Wilson, Nathan Bragg and Hartman. Bragg then finished off the scoring spree with a goal from the blueline that went bar down with just over five minutes to go to put the home side up 10-3 which stood as the final score after sixty minutes.Jacob Lang led the way with five points and four goals, while fourteen players contributed with at least a point.Advertisement With the win, the Huskies improved their record to 19-6 as they moved into second place in the NWJHL standings.“Fay adds so much to out the lineup,” said head coach Todd Alexander. “He is a big body who can score and plays a physical game. We have been working on this trade for some time now. After going through a skid where we couldn’t score the team has seemed to have found their scoring touch with twenty goals in the last two games.”“I felt good out there,” added newest Husky Darian Fay. “Going from Beaverlodge to a team who is fighting for first in the league and loaded with talent will make you smile. It’s a great opportunity to come in and help this team win a championship in my last year of Junior B.”The Huskies now hit the road for a clash with the North Peace Navigators on Saturday night. Puck drop is at 8:00 p.m.Advertisement