Jan. 29, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
When Kim Williams joined the Florida State women’s track and field team for the spring semester, the coaches knew they had added a special athlete to their squad. They didn’t know how special, though. Not even a month into her career, Williams has made headway by earning the squad’s first ACC Women’s Performer of The Week as announced by the league office on Tuesday (January 29).
“Obviously when you’re the ACC Performer of the Week it means you’re a very elite athlete in an elite conference,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “But for a freshman to come in and lead the nation is just phenomenal. We couldn’t be more excited for Kim. Within a month of starting school she has the top jump in the country.”
Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) is the first Florida State women’s athlete in two years to be recognized by the ACC with a weekly honor. National champion pole vaulter Lacy Janson earned the school’s last POW overall – April 10, 2006 – as well as the last indoor recognition, January 16, 2006.
With just the third attempt of her collegiate career in the triple jump at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic, Williams secured herself a spot in this year’s NCAA Indoor National Championships. Her leap of 13.43m/44-00.7 is the longest in the country so far and is the fourth-longest in school history. At last year’s national meet that mark would have placed third.
“We really thought there would be more of an adjustment phase, that’s the shocking thing,” Braman added. “She’s jumped farther outdoor, her personal best is about four or five inches farther, so we knew she had it in her, we just didn’t expect it to happen in her first meet. To top it off she’s never competed in indoors before, which is just phenomenal.”
The Seminoles continue the indoor season this weekend when they travel to the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.