Williamson Breaks Record and Takes Third at USA Jr. Championships
BLOOMINGTON, IND.- Freshman Maya Williamson broke her own school record taking third place in the women's 400m hurdle at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships on Saturday. Williamson crossed the line at 58.97, shattering her previous school record of 59.30 set at the C-USA Outdoor Championships in May.
In addition to Williamson's podium finish, she was processed by the USATF as an alternate for the 400m hurdle, and possibly a relay leg at the World Junior Outdoor Championships to be held in Spain. This only adds to what has been a stellar freshman year for the Killeen, Texas native.
"Maya did a phenomenal job today in placing third and breaking the University of Memphis record again," head track and field coach Kevin Robinson said. "She is a very special young lady who is a first class representation of our program."
Fellow hurdler Bronte' Smith suffered an injury to her foot during the 100m hurdle preliminary. Smith fought to the finish line checking in with a time of 15.12 in her final event as a Tiger freshman.
On Friday, freshman Kyle Bynum took ninth in the men's javelin with a throw of 61.50m. The Pearl, Miss., native's top-ten finish caped off a freshman campaign in which he won his first C-USA Outdoor Championship, competed in his first NCAA East Preliminary and set the program's men's javelin record at a distance of 70.27m.
"I also want to recognize both Kyle and Bronte' who also had great seasons," Robinson said. "Making this meet is an achievement in and of itself. All three have had a great experience, and will prove to be the foundation of this program's future. I am very proud to be associated with these three fine young athletes."
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