June 18, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia true freshman Kendell Williams has now completed the sweep by being named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) indoor and outdoor National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year.
Wednesday’s announcement from the USTFCCCA comes three months after Williams was named the Indoor National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. Texas A&M’s Deon Lendore (Men’s Track Athlete), Texas’ Courtney Okolo (Women’s Track Athlete) and Oregon’s Ryan Crouser garnered the other three outdoor honors.
Williams, a native of Marietta, Ga., won the NCAA heptathlon title outdoors to become a two-time First Team All-American in her first season. She won the NCAA pentathlon crown indoors in March. Last week in Eugene, Ore., at the outdoor Nationals, Williams rebounded after being tripped and falling to the track in heptathlon’s final event, the 800 meters, to clock a time necessary to clinch her victory.
Williams established an American Junior record in the heptathlon after scoring 6,018 points to win the Bulldog Heptathlon in Athens in early April. The Kell High School graduate set collegiate, NCAA Championships meet and school records with her 12.99 in the heptathlon 100 hurdles last week. This marked her second collegiate record in 2014 after she established a new No. 1 mark in the pentathlon as well.
Named the Southeastern Conference Female Field Athlete of the Year both indoors and outdoors, Williams also garnered USTFCCCA South Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year honors both indoors and outdoors.
With her sweep of both the 2014 NCAA pentathlon and heptathlon titles, she becomes only the third person and only the sixth instance in NCAA history where someone has won both championships in the same season.
Earlier this week, Williams was named as one of four nominees for the Honda Sports Award for women’s track and field. The recipient will be named later this week.
Williams is also a nominee for The Bowerman Trophy, which is track and field’s version of the Heisman Trophy. Semifinalists for the honors will be announced on June 24.