Briana Williams to open season at New Balance Grand Prix Feb. 13

By February 03, 2021

Briana Williams is set to make her season debut on Saturday, February 13 at the New Balance Grand Prix that this year will be held in New York instead of Boston, and according to her coach Ato Boldon, she is eager to get going.

Williams, 18, will run in the 60m dash.

She had been scheduled to open her season running the 150m and the 300m in the Bahamas last December but withdrew at the last minute. Since then, the cancellation of a number of meets because of the pandemic has prevented her from competing so far this season.

However, according to Boldon, she has been training well and just wants a chance to compete.

“Ideally, I would have liked Briana to have run several meets by now. She has been begging me to get out of training and into competition but between Covid and the mishap in Freeport, Bahamas it just didn’t work out. So, her first meet will be on February 13 in New York,” Boldon said, indicating that his young charge is as ready to compete as she will ever be.

“She’s ready as she was last season; she opened in 7.2 and then started to get consistent at 7.1. I think she is a little bit ahead of last year. She is in better shape and is a little stronger.”

He indicated that because this is her first meet for the year, they are approaching the meet with an open mind.

“There is really not a lot of expectation going into the first race because the truth is it’s a lot more important to just get her out of training and get her back on the horse, so to speak,” he said.

“She is very excited for it and we look forward to a good indoor season that sort of segues into  a great outdoor season in 2021.”

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