All In The Campaign for Blair Academy 2018-2025
Track and Field Assistant Coach Mark Williams Wins National Title
Rhett Moroses '13
Blair Buccaneer

At the 2024 Masters Indoor Track National Championships, Blair’s assistant track coach Mark Willams took home the national title in the 400-meter event with a time of 55.31 seconds. 

“The success which I have seen on the track has deep meaning to me,” Mr. Williams said. “It shows that with dedication and consistent hard work, you can reach heights you thought were not possible.”

As a young runner, Mr. Williams earned All-Area first-team honors in the 800-meter event during the 1991 track season while attending Sussex County Technical School in Sparta, New Jersey. He had the fastest 800-meter time in the county that year at 2:02.3, which was also his high school personal record (PR). Mr. Williams then went on to attend Rutgers University, where he competed in Division I track and field. During his junior and senior years, he was a member of the indoor 4x800 team that earned all-east honors in the IC4A conference. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. 

“The passion I have for track is similar to what I have in life. Work hard, share the knowledge and try to raise everybody with you,” Mr. Williams explained. “As with life, it takes a village to do almost everything meaningful, and sports, especially track and field, is no different.” 

Beyond Rutgers, Williams has become no stranger to winning championships. He is consistently ranked as one of the top middle-distance runners in the United States and the world in his age group. Below is a list of feats he has accomplished.

 8x 1500m National Outdoor Champion
 6x 800m National Outdoor Champion 
 4x 800m National Indoor Champion
 2x Mile National Indoor Champion (2019, 2024)
 1500m National Indoor Champion (2023)
 400m National Indoor Champion (2024)
 World Record Indoor M40-44 4x800 team in 7:49.90 with 1:55.75 split
 Winner of the 2016 and 2018 Hartshorne Masters Mile
 Winner of the 2016 5th Ave Masters Mile
 800m and 1500m NCCWMA World Regional Champion in Toronto   (2017, 2019)
 Member of the M45 World Champion 4x400m team at 2022   Tampere  Finland Outdoor World Championships

Currently, he serves as the assistant coach for Blair’s track and field team.

“My official coaching title career started here with Blair, where I have been able to share my knowledge and experience with the staff and students to help enhance the track and field program,” Mr. Williams said.

Congratulations again to Mr. Williams for his accomplishments on and off the track. 

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