Rich Engel Classic preview: Tigers find extra motivation in Don Williams’ accident

Jared Hylton/Sports Editor

The second-ranked men’s cross country team will be in action again this weekend at Birdsall Park. The Tigers are coming off a loss to first-ranked West Des Moines Dowling. But the men’s women’s cross country teams have even a heavier loss on their hearts. The women’s head cross country coach Don Williams was in a bike accident last week leaving Williams hospitalized with headaches.

On Sunday the cross country teams will have a benefit 5k for Don Williams. “It was [Troy] Becker’s idea to raise money to pay for [Don’s] medical bills,” junior Jaime Zarate said.

The 5k will take place at Birdsall Park this Sunday at 3 p.m.

Before the 5k the Tigers have the Rich Engel classic at Birdsall Park. The Tigers will be running at 4:30 p.m, Thursday afternoon. “Not having Don there gives us an extra drive. Don has been a great coach, and he’s helped both the guys and girls, and hes a great person so we want to do something for him, and so he’ll remember us,” Zarate said.

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