Kendell Williams advances to second Games as US Olympic track and field trials wrap up
EUGENE, Ore. — Former seven-time NCAA Georgia champion Kendell Williams punched her ticket to the heptathlon during the US track trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon late Sunday night.
Williams, a native of Marietta, Ga., Who finished 17the at the 2016 Olympics, racked a personal best 6,683 points in seven events over two days to finish second by 20 points. In Sunday’s three events, Williams tied his career javelin record and secured another Olympic standard needed to clinch his place in Tokyo. She and the rest of the squad’s peloton faced a significant delay in starting their final events due to temperatures hovering around 100 degrees.
Graduate transfer Asya reynolds finished his heptathlon in 13e after scoring 5,642 points.
Former Bulldog Keenon Laine also tied for seventh in the high jump final on the final day of competition.
Former Lady Bulldog All-American Morgann Leleux secured a berth for her first Olympics on Saturday thanks to a personal best in the women’s pole vault. Thanks to his Olympic standard in his event, Leleux will now represent Team USA next month.
Four other Bulldogs also minted their tickets at US Trials. On June 20, Orji set a competitive triple jump record to win the US title while in his sophomore year. jasmine moore moved up to third place to qualify for her first Olympics after a sensational college season.
Former Georgia champion Garrett Scantling exploded to a career-high 8,647 points to win the US Championship and earn his maiden trip to the Games after finishing in a qualifying spot in 2016. Also, junior Elija godwin was sixth in the 400-meter final last weekend with a 44.94. He was named as a relay stage for the United States team.
Eleven current Bulldogs and eight former Georgia stars competed in their home country trials from June 18 through Sunday. The top three in each test event will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics from July 23 to August 8, unless they have the required standard time in their event.
Williams started the day by winning the long jump with a second attempt measuring 22 feet, 1 inch. Starting with a 147-3 javelin throw and followed by a 154-6 throw, Williams threw up his third attempt with a personal best 155-6 to take second place. She finished the practice by taking eighth place in the 800m with a season record of 2: 16.85. The latter event occurred a few hours after its initial schedule due to the extreme heat in Eugene.
Reynolds opened the long jump with a score of 19-7.50 and finished 10e after his next two attempts were fouls. She sandwiched a 113-4 javelin throw between her first and last tries and was 11 years olde. Reynolds was 13e in the hep final after recording a time of 2: 18.76 in the 800m.
Laine, a native of Versailles, Ky., Cleared 7-1 on his first attempt, then missed three tries at 7-3 to tie for seventh.
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