April 18, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS --- Georgia true freshman Kendell Williams has earned USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors for her record-breaking performance at the Bulldog Heptathlon in Athens on April 11-12.
Scoring 6,018 points, Williams established new American Junior and U.S. Junior records and claimed the top spot in both the national and collegiate rankings. The Marietta, Ga., native easily bested the previous American Junior record of 5,678 points set by Ellannee Richardson of Washington State in 1999, as well as the U.S. Junior record of 5,754 set by UCLA’s Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1981. Williams sits at the number two position in the 2014 world rankings.
Williams is no stranger to breaking records. At the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., earlier in March, the 18-year-old Williams shattered the World Junior pentathlon record, scoring 4,635 points.
Williams was named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Indoor Women’s Field Athlete of the Year and the Southeastern Conference Freshman Field Athlete of the Year in recognition of her remarkable accomplishments during the indoor season.
Other winners of the USATF Athlete of the Week in 2014 include: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 22, Galen Rupp; January 29, Galen Rupp; February 5, Alexa Efraimson; February 12, Mike Rutt; Feb. 19, Bernard Lagat; Feb. 26, Sharon Day-Monroe; March 3, David Torrence; March 13, Francena McCorory; March 19, Irene Obera; March 26, Duane Solomon; April 2, Maria Michta; April 7, Noah Lyles; April 14, Kendell Williams.
USATF is the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit http://www.usatf.org/.