June 17, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Kim Williams has dominated the 2009 track and field season and for her unconquerable streak at the conference, regional and national meets, the sophomore was named the USTFCCCA Women’s National Field Athlete of the Year.
“Kim had an incredible national meet,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “She was the meet’s only two-time winner this year. Kim was not only the most valuable field event athlete, but also the best athlete of the entire meet.”
Throughout the 2009 outdoor season, Williams has been a force to be reckoned with as the sophomore has remained unbeatable in the long jump and triple jump at the Atlantic Coast Conference, NCAA Regional and the NCAA Outdoor championships.
“As the only two-time winner at the national championship, she is definitely deserving of this award,” FSU assistant coach Dennis Nobles said. “Her competitive nature is second to none. It is a definite joy to work with her day in and day out.”
The Kingston, Jamaica native started setting the standard high at the ACC meet with her long jump of 21-06.75 that ranked second in the nation at the time and earned her a gold medal. Williams went on to battle in the triple jump where she defended her 2008 title and earned her second gold medal of the meet. Both of Williams’ first-place finishes helped the women earn the league crown and the coveted ACC Triple Crown. For her efforts, Williams was named the ACC Field Performer of the Year.
At the East Regional Championship, Williams continued her reign on the field as she broke several records with her triple jump of 45-10.50. The Seminole broke the facility and region record while also bettering her already FSU chart-topping jump that took first place. Later that day, Williams battled in the long jump where she again earned first place and led the women to their first regional title.
Just two weeks later at the NCAA meet, Williams became the first Seminole to win both the long jump and triple jump titles and the second student-athlete in the NCAA history. With her first-place finishes, Williams accounted for 20 of FSU’s 40 points which helped the women secure a fourth-place finish.
“I am thrilled to receive this award and I just want to give God the thanks for everything and Coach Nobles for being my guide,” Williams said. “It feels good to be a part of this program and when I receive awards like these, I hope people outside realize that the coaching staff is working hard with my teammates and myself to take this program to another level.”