Track's Williams Honored
May 29, 2002
LOS ANGELES-USC senior sprinter Angela Williams, winner of the past three NCAA 100-meter dash titles,has been named the recipient of the 2001-02 Honda Sports Award for track and field.
Williams now is automatically nominated along with athletes from 11 other sports for the Honda-Broderick Cup that will be presented to the collegiate woman athlete of the year on June 17 in Dallas.
Williams is at LSU this week for the 2002 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, where USC is the defending team champion. She is the first Division I female to win three NCAA 100-meter dash crowns and is aiming to be the first collegian, male or female at any level, to win the event four times. Her 11.04 clocking while winning the 1999 NCAA 100 is a USC record and an American junior mark. She also won the NCAA indoor 60-meter dash earlier this year, giving her four NCAA titles.
She opened her 2002 outdoor campaign by winning the 100 at the Sun Angel Invitational, then captured the 100 at the Mt. Sac Relays in 11.06 (currently the third best time in the world and the fastest in the nation this year). She cruised to easy wins in the 100 and 200 in the USC-UCLA Dual Meet, then won the 100 at the Pac-10 Championships (she was third in the 200 in a personal-best 23.04, currently the sixth fastest time in the nation).
In 2001, she was the silver medalist in the 60-meter dash at the World Indoor Championship in an American collegiate record 7.09. She was a semifinalist in the 100 at the 2001 World Outdoor Championship. She also owns the American prep record in the 100 at 11.11, set while winning the 1998 National Junior Championship.
No Women of Troy athlete has ever won the Honda Sports Award for track and field. USC basketball star Cheryl Miller shared the 1983-84 Honda-Broderick Cup with UCLA trackster Jackie Joyner.
This is the 26th year of the Honda Sports Award program. Last year, Harvard's Brenda Taylor won the track and field Honda Sports Award, while Southwest Missouri State basketballer Jackie Stiles was the winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup.
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