June 10, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. --- Two Bulldog coaches and one of Georgia’s true freshmen have earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) annual regional honors, according to a recent announcement.
Georgia head coach Wayne Norton was named the South Region Women’s Head Coach of the Year, assistant Petros Kyprianou was named the South Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year and heptathlete Kendell Williams was named the South Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year.
Norton last earned this honor in back-to-back years during the 2006-07 campaigns. Kyprianou, who was named the 2008 West Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year while still at Boise State, garnered this same award during the 2014 indoor season.
Williams, a Marietta, Ga., native, was also named the 2014 USTFCCCA National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year at the end of this year’s indoor season.
Norton is in his 15th year as UGA’s head coach and 24th with the program. He has nine Lady Bulldog qualifiers for the NCAA finals, including national leaders in Williams and sophomore Leontia Kallenou (high jump) and two others (Chanice Porter, long jump; Megan Malasarte, 800 meters) who have the second-best marks nationally in their events this year. Norton’s women’s team won three won Southeastern Conference titles with victories in the hammer, heptathlon and high jump.
Kyprianou, a Cypress native, is in his sixth year as the Bulldogs’ multi-events, pole vault and jumps coach. He has qualified four for the NCAA finals in the heptathlon and high jump. Along with Williams’ record-breaking campaign, Kallenou leads the nation in the high jump with the Cyprus national record mark of 6 feet, 3 ½ inches, won her first SEC outdoor title and has won all four of her competitions this season.
In addition to Williams, Kyprianou also qualified junior heptathlete Quintunya Chapman, junior decathlete Garrett Scantling, sophomore decathlete Maicel Uibo, Kallenou and freshman high jumper Tatiana Gusin for the NCAA Championships.
The 2014 SEC Outdoor Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, Williams set the collegiate and World Junior records in the pentathlon (4,635 points) on her way to this year’s NCAA title in the event.
Outdoors, Williams broke the all-time American Junior record in the heptathlon and set the 2014 collegiate lead with a 6,018 score at the Bulldog Heptathlon. She won the SEC Championships with a score of 5,877. Her 13.06 in the 100 hurdles set Georgia’s school record in the event.
Williams starts in the heptathlon’s first event, the 100 hurdles, at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. Scantling and Uibo start the meet for the Bulldogs in the decathlon at 2:30 on Wednesday. The meet runs until Saturday.
Results and recaps from the NCAA Championships will be located at georgiadogs.com. Updates about all Bulldog track and field news can be found on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.