Williams Earns Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week Honors

May 7, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State senior Valerie Williams was named the Pac-10 Women's Field Athlete of the Week for the week of May 1-7, the conference announced today.

Williams, a senior from Frederick, Md., turned in a career day at ASU's double dual meet with Arizona and Northern Arizona Saturday, May 5, posting double wins in the long jump and triple jump. Williams won the long jump with a personal-best leap and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 21 feet, 2.5 inches, the third-best mark in Sun Devil history.

She also won the triple jump with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 42 feet, 0.75 inches, an ASU season-best effort. Williams, who transferred to ASU from Kentucky after her sophomore season, is the school-record holder in the outdoor (42-1.5) and indoor (41-0.5) triple jump. During the 2000 indoor season, Williams earned All-America honors in the long jump with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships (20-10.5).

Williams is the first ASU woman, and the fourth Sun Devil overall, to earn Pac-10 Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors this season. Also honored this season were Michael Campbell (400m - April 16), David Wood (Shot Put - April 16) and Marcus Brunson (200m - April 23).

ASU will take the weekend off to prepare for the Pac-10 Championships in Berkeley, Calif., May 19-20, while sending Kyle Frerichs and Elizabeth Arollo to compete in the multi-event portion of the conference championships May 12-13.

2001 ASU Pac-10 Athletes of the Week
April 16 - Men's Track - Michael Campbell (400m)
April 16 - Men's Field - David Wood (SP)
April 23 - Men's Track - Marcus Brunson (200m)
May 7 - Women's Field - Valerie Williams (LJ/TJ)

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