UGA coaches, track athlete win USTFCCCA awards

Two Georgia track and field coaches and a true freshman have earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association annual regional honors.

Georgia head coach Wayne Norton was named the South Region Women’s Head Coach of the Year, assistant Petros Kyprianou was named the South Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year and heptathlete Kendell Williams was named the South Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year.

Williams, a Marietta native, was also named the 2014 USTFCCCA National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year at the end of this year’s indoor season.

Norton is in his 15th year as Georgia’s head coach and 24th with the program. He has nine qualifiers for the NCAA women’s finals, including national leaders in Williams and sophomore Leontia Kallenou (high jump) and two others (Chanice Porter, long jump; Megan Malasarte, 800 meters) who have the second-best marks nationally in their events this year. Norton’s women’s team won three won Southeastern Conference titles with victories in the hammer, heptathlon and high jump.

Kyprianou, a Cypress native, is in his sixth year as the Bulldogs’ multi-events, pole vault and jumps coach. He has qualified four for the NCAA finals in the heptathlon and high jump. Along with Williams’ record-breaking campaign, Kallenou leads the nation in the high jump with the Cyprus national record mark of 6 feet, 3 ½ inches, won her first SEC outdoor title and has won all four of her competitions this season.

In addition to Williams, Kyprianou also qualified junior heptathlete Quintunya Chapman, junior decathlete Garrett Scantling, sophomore decathlete Maicel Uibo, Kallenou and freshman high jumper Tatiana Gusin for the NCAA Championships.

The 2014 SEC Outdoor Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, Williams set the collegiate and World Junior records in the pentathlon (4,635 points) on her way to this year’s NCAA title in the event.

Outdoors, Williams broke the all-time American Junior record in the heptathlon and set the 2014 collegiate lead with a 6,018 score at the Bulldog Heptathlon. She won the SEC Championships with a score of 5,877. Her 13.06 in the 100 hurdles set Georgia’s school record in the event.

Williams starts in the heptathlon’s first event, the 100 hurdles, at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. Scantling and Uibo start the meet for the Bulldogs in the decathlon at 2:30 on Wednesday. The meet runs until Saturday.

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