Freshman Kendell Williams
Jan. 28, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia true freshman Kendell Williams and sophomore Maicel Uibo have earned a trio of Southeastern Conference weekly track and field honors following the Cherry & Silver Collegiate Invitational, according to a league announcement on Tuesday.
Williams was named the SEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week and the SEC Freshman of the Week, while Uibo garnered the SEC Men's Field Athlete of the Week honors.
Williams, a native of Marietta, Ga., recorded personal bests in four of five pentathlon events and also set a personal record in the overall pentathlon with 4,302 points. This mark established a new American Junior record at the Cherry & Silver meet in Albuquerque, N.M., topping the 9-year-old former record by 243 points.
Williams' score is No. 1 nationally, No. 2 in the world this year and trails only 2008 Olympic silver medalist Hyleas Fountain (4,417) in the school record books. This was the first collegiate pentathlon for Williams and only the second meet at Georgia for the 5-foot-9 Lady Bulldog, who moved into the school's all-time list in three separate events at the meet.
In addition to leading the country in the pentathlon, Williams is also No. 6 on the national list in the long jump (20 feet, 6 ¼ inches) and No. 9 in the high jump (5-11.25).
Uibo, a native of Polva, Estonia, scored the second-highest heptathlon total of his career, a world leading 5,811 points, to win by more than 550 points at the Cherry & Silver meet. This marked Uibo's first collegiate victory in the event as he posted a personal best of 46-0.50 in the shot put. Uibo won five of seven events in the heptathlon and owns a 183-point lead in the national collegiate ranks.
Georgia will train through this coming weekend before traveling to Blacksburg, Va., for the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet on February 7-8.