April 24, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- Less than a week after taking first in two events at the conference championships, freshman Kim Williams was honored as the ACC Freshman of the Year and the ACC Field MVP. Williams’ gold medal performances at the ACC Outdoor Championships April 17-19 in Atlanta, were just the latest achievements decorating the start of the Jamaican-native’s promising career.
Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) currently leads both the ACC and the NCAA East Region in the triple jump with her 13.65m/44’09.50″ mark. That distance not only ranks as the third-best in school history, but the third-best in the nation this year. Her top finish at the conference outdoor championships gave Williams the complete set of ACC titles as she also won the indoor triple jump title in March.
In the long jump, Williams’ bested her second-place indoor performance with a top mark at the outdoor conference championships. She leads the ACC in the event and ranks sixth in the East Region.
The talented rookie has qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships in both events, which will be held in Tallahassee May 30-31. But Williams plans to try and best that mark at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia this weekend along with several of her FSU track and field teammates.
On the men’s side, Florida State plans to try and improve on its 4x100m and 4x200m relay times, both of which have already earned the Seminoles a regional mark. Senior Drew Brunson (Snellville, Ga.) will work on his times in the hurdles while junior Steeve Gabart (Miami, Fla.) will try to qualify for the regional competition in the 5000m run.
For the women, the 4x100m and 4x200m relays will be in action as well as sophomore Hannah England (Oxford, England) and junior Christina Woytalewicz (Brandon, Fla.). England, who already has a regional mark in the 800m, will try her hand at the mile run while Woytalewicz will go long for the Seminoles’ first 10,000m mark.
The Penn Relays start today, April 24, and run through Saturday, April 26 in Philadelphia.