EUGENE, Ore. | Bulldog true freshman Kendell Williams set her second career collegiate record during the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., during the first day of the heptathlon on Thursday.
Williams, who is in the lead following three of seven events, quickly made her presence known in the heptathlon’s first event, the 100-meter hurdles, by setting an NCAA Championships and collegiate record. The Marietta, Ga., native finished in 12.99, which bested both of the aforementioned 14-year-old records of 13.02 set in 1997 by BYU’s Tiffany Lott.
Williams’ finish, which earned her 1,126 points in the event, also bested her former school record of 13.06 set in the open hurdles at this year’s Georgia Invitational in Athens. She now owns the ninth-fastest World Junior time in history and is the only junior competitor to ever break the 13-second mark.
This is Williams’ second collegiate record in her young career. The Kell High School graduate set the collegiate and World Junior record in the pentathlon while claiming the 2014 NCAA title with 4,635 points in Albuquerque during the mid-March meet.
On Wednesday, Georgia’s track and field teams had three scorers and a qualifier to highlight the opening day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Junior Nick Vena paced the men’s team by taking third in the shot put while sophomoreChanice Porter (long jump) and sophomore Freya Jones (javelin) each finished in the top six in their respective events for the women at historic Hayward Field.
Also, sophomore Maicel Uibo is in fourth in the decathlon after five events and junior Garrett Scantling is one spot below his teammate in fifth following the first half of the 10 total events.
“The first day went fairly well for us in a lot of areas, but we had some things that didn’t go well for us,” said head coach Wayne Norton. “The decathletes are right on pace to score more than 8,000 points and get into the top four. If we can do that on Thursday, that would be very big for this team’s goals. Nick Vena had a big throw and is starting to establish some true consistency after coming out of high school as one of the nation’s top throwers.
“We didn’t get exactly what we wanted or expected in the javelin from Freya or long jump from Chanice, but in a competition like this with great teams we will take those points and move forward to the next day. Also, Megan did an outstanding job in the 800 and she is in a position to have a chance to be in the top three in the finals. Overall, I would say it’s an `A’ grade for the day.”