Kendell Williams was surprised with her Gatorade National Athlete of the Year award on Thursday at Kell High School.
June 27, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia track and field signee and Kell High School graduate Kendell Williams has been named the 2012-13 Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
Williams, a native of Marietta, Ga., is coming off a performance last week where she scored 5,481 points to win the heptathlon at the USA Junior Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. This assured Williams a spot on Team USA for the Pan Am Junior Athletic Championships in Medellin, Columbia, on August 23-25.
Williams is the younger sister of current Georgia team member Devon Williams. The older of the siblings recently finished second in the decathlon at the USA Junior Championships and will be joining his sister in Pan Am Championships.
Kendell Williams won the 100-meter hurdles (a state record 13.23), high jump (5 feet, 8 inches) and long jump (a state record 20-9.75, which is currently ranked second nationally in 2013) at this year's GHSA AAAAA State Championships to lead Kell to a second-place finish. Her time in the hurdles is the nation's fastest time in 2013 and the seventh best high school mark in history. In all, Williams finished her career at Kell with 11 state titles.
Stellar showings during her prep career are no surprise for Williams. She set the U.S. Junior record in the heptathlon (5,578, 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona) to earn the Athlete of the Meet trophy. Williams also established a national record in the pentathlon (4,068, 2013 New Balance Nationals in New York City) to become the first prep athlete to eclipse 4,000 points.
A finalist at World Junior Championships (seventh overall), Williams was the Junior National champion in hurdles (13.29), long jump, high jump (6-0.75) and heptathlon. She was named the Gatorade Georgia Athlete of the Year three times.
Williams has maintained a weighted 3.75 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of a school group that helps feed the homeless, and she participates in group activities with orphaned children in Cobb County.
Bulldog assistant coach Petros Kyprianou will be guiding Williams when she arrives in Athens. Kyprianou had two Southeastern Conference champions, five First Team All-Americans and two school records out of his multi-event athletes in 2013.