June 1, 2002

Baton Rouge, La. - USC senior Angela Williams went out just like she came in.

On top.

A hot and muggy night at Bernie Moore Track Stadium saw the Queen of Collegiate Track and Field successfully defend her 100m crown, as she edged teammate Natasha Mayers to win her sport's glamor event for an unprecedented fourth time.

'I was feeling so much pressure,' said Williams, who ran 11.29 to Mayers' 11.30. 'When I looked up and realized I had won, it felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

'When I won this event as a freshman, I remember the huge roar from the crowd and how it felt to see and hear people cheering for me. When I won it tonight, there was that same reaction from the crowd and it felt to me like my career had the proper bookends. When I won as a freshman, that was the first chapter. Now that I've won again, it's another chapter that has been closed. And that makes me feel complete.

'And now, it's time to start a new book.'

In her last race as a Trojan, Williams led from the outset thanks to her usual fast start. At about 50 meters, Mayers started to close, but Williams felt her approaching and leaned at the tape to get the win.

'That's the first time I've had to lean in my life!' exclaimed Williams.

Williams closes her collegiate career as the school record holder in the 100m and its all-time NCAA point scorer as well with 48 points.

She is the only Trojan, man or woman, to win four NCAA individual titles and the only person, man or woman, to win four NCAA 100m titles.


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