Georgia track and field signee and Kell High School graduate Kendell Williams has been named the 2012-13 Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
Williams, a native of Marietta, is coming off a performance last week where she scored 5,481 points to win the heptathlon at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. This assured Williams a spot on Team USA for the Pan Am Junior Athletic Championships from Aug. 23-25 in Medellin, Columbia.
Williams is the younger sister of current Georgia team member Devon Williams. The older of the siblings recently finished second in the decathlon at the USA Junior Championships and will be joining his sister in Pan Am Championships.
Kendell Williams won the 100-meter hurdles (a state record 13.23), high jump (5 feet, 8 inches) and long jump (a state record 20-9.75, which is currently ranked second nationally in 2013) at this year’s GHSA AAAAA state championships to lead Kell to a second-place finish. Her time in the hurdles is the nation’s fastest time in 2013 and the seventh best high school mark in history. In all, Williams finished her career at Kell with 11 state titles.