March 7, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia track and field true freshman Kendell Williams has been named the Southeastern Conference Women’s Freshman Field Athlete of the Year, according to a league announcement on Friday.
Williams, pentathlete from Marietta, Ga., is the third Lady Bulldog to earn this award since the SEC started it in 2004 (Jenny Dahlgren, 2004; Levern Spencer, 2006). In 2013, Shaunae Miller was named the SEC Women’s Freshman Runner of the Year before turning pro during the offseason.
Williams stands No. 2 on the national list and in the school record books in the pentathlon with 4,302 points. She is the only freshman qualified for the NCAA meet thanks to her personal-best score that topped a 9-year-old American Junior record by 243 points.
The 11-time state champion while at Kell High School earned runner-up honors at the SEC Championships after scoring 4,283 points. Williams has collegiate career-best marks of 8.24 in the 60-meter hurdles, 5 feet, 11 ¼ inches in the high jump and 20-6.25 in the long jump, which are all currently ranked in the top 22 nationally.
Georgia will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., next week in preparation for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 14-15. Williams, along with pentathlete teammates Lucie Ondraschkova and Quintunya Chapman, start their first of five events (60 hurdles) in the pentathlon on Saturday, March 15 at 1:45 p.m. ET.
Bulldogs Earn Additional SEC Accolades: Georgia was also awarded 13 other conference honors following last weekend’s SEC Championships. Sophomore Maicel Uibo (heptathlon), redshirt freshman Leontia Kallenou (high jump) and junior Morgann Leleux (pole vault) were named to the First-Team All-SEC squads for winning their events.
Junior Charles Grethen (800), senior Megan Malasarte (800), Ondraschkova (pentathlon), sophomore Chanice Porter (long jump) and Williams (pentathlon) were included as Second-Team All-SEC recipients after taking second or third in their events.
Finally, Alex Poursanidis (weight throw), Kallenou (high jump), Georgia Stefanidi (pole vault), Asianna Covington (weight throw) and Williams (pentathlon) were named to the SEC All-Freshman Team after being the top freshman finisher in their events.
Results and recaps from the NCAA Indoor Championships will be found at georgiadogs.com. Updates about all Bulldog track and field news can be found on Twitter at @UGA_TFXC.