Georgia track and field team redshirt sophomore Kendal Williams has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Men’s Athlete of the Week as well as the Southeastern Conference Men’s Runner of the Week.
Williams, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., became the second Bulldog this season to earn USTFCCCA national honors after sweeping the 60-meter dash and the 200m with personal-best times at the Tiger Tuneup in Clemson, S.C., last Friday.
This is the ninth SEC honor of the year for the Bulldogs. Freshman Darius Carbin (high jump) and Jessica Drop (3000m) swept the league’s Freshman of the Week honors on January 10 and senior Tatiana Gusin (high jump) was named the USTFCCCA National Women’s Athlete of the Week and the SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week on that same day.
Junior Mady Fagan (high jump) was named the Women’s Field Athlete of the Week by the conference following the Aggie Invitational. The league honored Carbin, junior Keturah Orji and freshman Louisa Grauvogel (pentathlon) following the Razorback Invitational. Orji also enjoyed the honor in the week after the Music City Challenge.
This past week, Williams opened Clemson’s final regular season meet by topping his own school record in the 60m with a 6.64 to win the prelims. He returned in the finals and set his fifth consecutive No. 1 mark in the UGA record books with a facility record time of 6.51. This vaulted him into a tie for the NCAA lead and moved him into a tie for second on the 2017 world list. Williams’ time also situated him in a tie for the No. 8 performer in NCAA history with a No. 11 all-time collegiate finish.
Redshirting in 2016 after transferring from Florida State, Williams also finished first in the 200m at Clemson with a personal record of 20.93 to improve his No. 2 spot in the school record books behind the late great Torrin Lawrence (20.77). This performance moved Williams into the top 20 nationally.
The fourth-ranked Georgia men and the third-ranked Lady Bulldogs compete versus the rest of the league’s team at the SEC Indoor Championships in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday and Saturday this weekend.
Senior Devon Williams and junior Karl Saluri start the meet for UGA in the heptathlon at 11 a.m. ET on Friday. Senior Kendell Williams will be seeking her third SEC pentathlon title starting at 11:15 a.m. that same morning.