The dynamic brother and sister duo on Georgia’s track and field teams, Devon Williams and Kendell Williams, received honors this week for their performance this past weekend at the Spec Towns Invitational and Bulldog Decathlon/Heptathlon in Athens, GA.
Georgia senior Devon Williams has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Men’s Athlete of the Week and the Southeastern Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week while his sister Kendell Williams has garnered SEC Women’s Co-Field Athlete of the Week honors.
This marks the first USTFCCCA weekly award for Devon Williams in his career and the eighth in history for the Bulldog program. Kendell Williams owns one of those eight career awards, making what is believed to be the first siblings in history to earn the honors. Also of note, one of the newest Atlanta Falcons, former Georgia All-American Garrett Scantling, also earned one of those eight awards during his career.
The Bulldogs have now had three SEC weekly award winners outdoors. Beatrice Llano became Georgia’s first winner following the Texas Relays on April 4.
Devon Williams, who like his sister is a native of Marietta, Ga., erupted for seven personal bests and finished with a career high and facility record 8,345 points to win the Bulldog Decathlon in Athens over the weekend. He took over the No. 2 spot on the 2017 NCAA and world lists and on the UGA all-time top-10 list. Williams is now the No. 6 all-time collegiate performer with the No. 8 all-time collegiate performance.
Featuring a heptathlon personal best of 6 feet, ¾ inches in the high jump, Kendell Williams scored the second-best heptathlon score of her career and her best score during a collegiate season after tallying 6,354 points to take over the NCAA and world lead. Williams won by more than 700 points in the Bulldog Heptathlon. She is now the NCAA’s fifth-best performer in history with the fifth-best total at the college level ever and has the best score during the month of April in history. Williams scored a lifetime career best of 6,402 at the Olympic Trials to qualify for the Rio Games.
Kendell Williams split the SEC honor with South Carolina’s Rougui Sow, who traveled a world-leading distance of 22-0.75 at the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens on Friday.