Inside Track

Georgia multi-event star has IAAF World Juniors on her mind

EUGENE, Ore. – Kendell Williams’ interest in track and field began on a Fourth of July night in Rome, Georgia. She was seven and her older brother Devon was eight. The Williams family had made the trip to Rome from their hometown of Marietta for Devon’s baseball game and decided to stay afterward for a fireworks show. During some down time, her brother and some teammates decided to engage in a bit of friendly competition.

“The boys started racing each other and I was like, ‘I wanna race, too!’” Williams said of that night. She proceeded to outrun all of …


U.S. Juniors on record pace

EUGENE, Ore. – How significant of a role will young NCAA track and field athletes play at the IAAF World Junior Championships at historic Hayward Field this summer?


With the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., still two weeks away, three American junior records have been established this year.

A “junior record” is restricted to those athletes who do not turn 20 years old at any time during the calendar year in which the mark was established.

Six other junior athletes (age 19 and under during 2014) rank among the top 10 collegians in their respective …


World Juniors Revisited: Jesse Williams

EUGENE, Ore. – Before he won gold at the IAAF 2011 World Championships, and competed twice as an Olympian for the United States, high jumper Jesse Williams competed as a world junior athlete at the 2002 IAAF World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica.

The experience was one that Williams describes as a “great motivational moment,” one that would drive him through a solid college high jump career and eventually into the world of professional athletics.

Today, as the first IAAF World Junior Championships to be held in the U.S. nears, Williams offers his advice for junior competitors that will make …