“My God, a freshman!”
Larry Munson uttered those memorable words on a steamy Knoxville night in September of 1980, and ever since, the Georgia Nation has waited for another freshman to dominate like Herschel Walker.
Bulldog Nation, shake hands with Kendell Williams.
Georgia true freshman Kendell Williams is the outdoor National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. Williams has already been named the Indoor National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, giving the true freshman a sweep of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s top awards. 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.
Earlier this week, Williams was named one of four nominees for the women’s track and field Honda Sports Award. She is also a nominee for The Bowerman Trophy, which is track and field’s version of the Heisman Trophy.
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.
“Oh, you Kendell Williams!”
Williams established an American Junior record in the heptathlon after scoring 6,018 points to win the Bulldog Heptathlon in Athens in early April. Last week, the Kell High School graduate set collegiate, NCAA Championships meet and school records with her 12.99 in the heptathlon 100 hurdles. This is her second collegiate record in 2014 – Williams also set a new No. 1 mark in the pentathlon as well.
With her sweep of both the 2014 NCAA pentathlon and heptathlon titles, Williams is only the third person in NCAA history to win both championships in the same season.
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