Williams Earns South Regional Honors

Tennessee sprinter Rubin Williams was named South Region Indoor Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the second consecutive year on Monday.

The senior from San Jose, Calif., won his third consecutive conference 200-meter title at this year???s SEC Indoor Championships after sweeping both the indoor and outdoor SEC championships in the event last season. His indoor personal-best time of 20.55 seconds, recorded in the preliminaries at the conference championship meet, stands as the fastest time in the NCAA and second-fastest time in the world this season.

The 12-time All-America also finished fourth in the 60 at the SEC championships in 6.68. His personal-best time of 6.64 that broke the Penn State National meet record earlier this season is tied with teammate Evander Wells for fourth on Tennessee???s all-time performance list and is tied for eighth in the NCAA this season. Williams is scheduled to compete in both the 60 and 200 at this weekend???s NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., for the No. 2-ranked Vols.

In addition to the Penn State National meet record, Williams also broke the prestigious New Balance Collegiate Invitational meet record in the 200 with his time of 20.66, surpassing the 20.67 time Xavier Carter recorded in 2005. Williams??? honor marks the third consecutive year a Tennessee athlete has been voted regional Athlete of the Year. Former Vol Aries Merritt was named the 2006 South Region Indoor Track Athlete of the Year before Williams earned back-to-back honors.

Auburn???s Jake Dunkleberger was awarded South Region Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.?Florida State coach Bob Braman earned South Region Indoor Coach of the Year and Nat Page of Georgia Tech was named South Region Assistant Coach of the Year. A complete listing of winners from all nine regions can be found at USTFCCCA.com.





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