Mar 15, 2014; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Kendell Williams of Georgia clears a collegiate record 6-2 (1.88m) in the pentathlon high jump in the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships at Albuquerque Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

UGA freshman Kendell Williams nominated for top female track award

The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) has nominated UGA true freshman Kendell Williams  for the Honda Sports Award for women’s track and field.

Williams has already been named the USTFCCCA Indoor National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, the Southeastern Conference Female Field Athlete of the Year both indoors and outdoors, and is a nominee for The Bowerman Award, which is track and field’s version of the Heisman Trophy.

Williams joins Arkansas State’s Sharika Nelvis, Texas’ Courtney Okolo and Oregon’s Jenna Prandini as the four nominees for the Honda Sports Award for women’s track and field, awarded annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.

The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup.  A group of experts representing the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) chose the nominees.

The Honda Sports award winner for track and field will be announced later this week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools.  Each NCAA member institution has a vote.  The Honda Cup winner will be announced during the live telecast of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards show presented by Honda at 8 p.m. on Monday, June 30, at the USC Founders Club at Galen Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Williams, a native of Marietta, Ga., won both the NCAA pentathlon title indoors and the NCAA heptathlon title outdoors to become a two-time First Team All-American in her freshman season.  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 set American Junior (under-20), World Junior and collegiate records in the pentathlon indoors with a score of 4,635.  Outdoors, she established an American Junior record in the heptathlon after scoring 6,018 points to win the Bulldog Heptathlon in Athens.  The Kell High School graduate set a collegiate, NCAA Championships meet and school record with her 12.99 in the heptathlon’s 100 hurdles last week.

With her sweep of both the 2014 NCAA pentathlon and heptathlon titles, she becomes only the third person in NCAA history to win both championships in the same season.

Five other student-athletes from the sport of track and field have gone on to win the prestigious Honda Cup, including Jackie Joyner (UCLA, 1985) and most recently Angela Williams (USC, 2002).

THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.

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