June 21, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa --- Current Bulldog Devon Williams and Lady Bulldog signee Kendell Williams both earned a spot on Team USA at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday.
Freshman Devon Williams recorded personal bests in four of his last five events of the Juniors decathlon to take second overall. He scored 7,268 points to move to No. 10 in the school record books and qualify to represent the U.S. at the Pan Am Junior Athletics Championships in Medellin, Columbia, on August 23-25.
Recent Kell High School graduate, Kendell Williams, won the Juniors heptathlon by nearly 300 points. Williams scored 5,481 points to top Kendall Gustafson (5,189) for the victory. With her win, Williams will be joining her brother at the Pan Am Championships.
Devon Williams shot out to a quick start on Thursday by winning the 110-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 13.98. This finish earned Williams 977 points and moved him to No. 7 on Georgia’s all-time list with the top time for the program since 2007.
Williams also registered career-best marks in his next three events. He was second in the discus (133 feet, 3 inches), 10th in the pole vault (13-9.25) and fourth in the javelin (158-9).
Five current or former Bulldogs also qualified for the next rounds in their events.
After having a surprising run to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, freshman Kisean Smith advanced to the Junior 800 finals, which will be at 8:28 p.m. on Friday. Smith won the prelims on Thursday after clocking a 1:51.63.
On the women’s side in the Seniors division, junior Megan Malasarte completed her laps with the second-fastest time of her career (2:03.56) to take 16th overall in the 800 and advance to the semis.
The top three finishers in the Senior portion of the meet are expected to be selected to Team USA for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, on August 10-18.
2013 Southeastern Conference champion, sophomore Carly Hamilton, was 15th in the Senior 1500 prelims with a time of 4:16.71.
Senior Leslie Boozer also took 25th in the Seniors steeplechase race after having a time of 10:31.68.
Freshman Brianna Vaughn was seventh during the 100 Junior finals after crossing the finish line in 11.98. During the prelims, Vaughn ran an 11.96 to be the seventh overall finisher.
In the Senior men’s 100 prelims, junior Johnathan Smith had a time of 10.64 for 22nd place to complete his season.
FORMER BULLDOGS SHINE: A trio of former Bulldog All-Americans – Justin Gaymon, Torrin Lawrence, LaRon Bennett – also qualified for the semifinals in their Senior races on Thursday. Gaymon had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 400 hurdles (49.60) while Bennett also qualified in the event with a 51.20. Lawrence sped to a 46.07 to qualify with the 10th-best time in the 400 prelims,
Live results and recaps from the USA Championships will be found at georgiadogs.com.