The Tennessee men???s track and field team received good news Tuesday as the SEC announced sprinter Rubin Williams as Male Track Athlete of the Week and hurdler Charlton Rolle as Male Freshman of the Week following their performances at the Sea Ray Relays last weekend.
Williams won the 100 and 200 while also anchoring Tennessee???s victorious 4x100 relay and taking the baton for the third leg on the Vols??? third-place and regional-qualifying 4x400 relay. The senior from San Jose, Calif., won the 100 in 9.96 with the benefit of a 7.7 tailwind and the 200 in 20.60, matching his season-best time that stands as the fastest wind-legal time in the NCAA this season. He was given the Tony Wilson Award as the most outstanding track competitor at the Sea Ray Relays. Williams, who also won the award in 2006, is just the fifth athlete to win it twice as a collegian. He has won six consecutive collegiate 200 races dating back to the indoor season, including the SEC and NCAA titles. The only race Williams has not won in 2008 came at the Tyson Invitational, where he finished third as the only collegian in a field of professional runners.
Rolle won the 110 hurdles in a personal-best time of 13.68. His time ranks sixth in the NCAA, first among freshmen, and fifth in the SEC this season. His time ties him for 10th on Tennessee???s all-time performance list in the event. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native has earned three victories in the first four weeks of his first collegiate outdoor season after also winning the 110 and 400 hurdles at the season-opening Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
This is the second consecutive week a Tennessee athlete has been named SEC Freshman of the Week. Pole vaulter Joseph Berry earned the honor last week. The Vols return to the track this weekend at the Vanderbilt Invite in Nashville.