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National honors for J.C. Smith standouts
Williams, Graham earn Division II track awards
 
Published Thursday, June 6, 2013 9:37 am
by Herbert L. White

Johnson C. Smith sprinter Danielle Williams is NCAA Division II female athlete of the year.

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Danielle Williams


Williams, a junior from St. Andrew, Jamaica, earned the honor from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Jermaine Jones of Saint Augustine’s was named male athletes of the year.


Williams capped an unbeaten campaign in the 100 and 200 meters by winning national championships in both at last month’s NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, to go with a runner-up finish in the 100 hurdles. She set a national Division II record of 22.62 seconds in winning the 200 meters. Her win at 100 meters (11.24) was by more than a quarter-second and the No. 4 wind-legal mark in division history. Her runner-up finish in the 100 hurdles (12.89 seconds) was the third fastest in Division II history.


Williams is the first JCSU woman to earn the national award. Leford Green was named male track athlete of the year in 2010 and 2011.
Jermaine Jones, a sophomore from Wilmington, won the 200 meters championship and ran a leg of the winning and Division II record-setting 4x100 relay team, along with a third-place run at 100 meters, in helping St. Augustine’s to the team title.


Golden Bulls head coach Lennox Graham was named women’s coach of the year while George Williams of Saint Augustine’s took the men’s honor.


Graham, who has coached at JCSU for six seasons, led the Golden Bulls to second place in the national standings – their best team finish in school history – with 54 team points, six behind national champion Academy of Art.


The Golden Bulls won four events — three individual events and the DII-record-setting 4x100 relay at 44.05 — and finished second and third in two others.


Williams, in his 38th season at Saint Augustine’s, led the Falcons to the Division II team title, sweeping both the indoor and outdoor championships in the process.

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