Jianna Williams Earns Spot at NCAA Championships
May 31, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—Jianna Williams notches the last spot in the women’s hammer throw to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as the sophomore tosses a best mark of 57.41 meters (189-04) on her final attempt of the series.
Williams came into the meet ranked No. 43 in the women’s hammer throw with a career best mark of 57.74 meters (189-05), which she earned at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships. Today, she finished second in her heat, advancing her to the final round of 16. Williams remained strong in the ring during her final three attempts, finalizing a trip to Eugene, Oregon, on her sixth toss.
“Jianna is the story of the day,” interim head track and field coach Jeff Bovee said. “She came in ranked 43rd and ends up 12th, punching her ticket to Eugene. It was just a phenomenal performance by her. She came really close to her personal-best mark. She really stepped up today and just had a fantastic competition. Jianna was ready to compete. It was a big breakthrough for her, and it will also be a fantastic opportunity for her in a couple of weeks.”
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Antonio Farley, Fabian Norgrove, Coty Kramer and CJ Hamilton finished sixth in their heat with a time of 3:10.16. Hamilton sprinted past conference-rival Loyola in the final 100-meters to secure the Redbirds a sixth-place finish. Texas A&M were the overall winners, clocking an impressive time of 3:01.42.
“The men’s 4x4 competed well,” Bovee said. “Those guys came in as one of the last seeds of the 24 teams and ended up beating out conference-rival Loyola. So, it was a great way to finish up the season as well.”
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