Athletics

Williams named ACC Women's Track Performer of the Month

By Paul Burrowes
Observer writer

Saturday, January 05, 2019

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Twenty-one-year-old Jamaican sprint hurdler Jeanine Williams, a past student athlete of Immaculate Conception High, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women's Track Performer of the Month of December.

Williams, a bronze medallist at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, last year, is the reigning ACC Champion in the 60m hurdles.

She is now a senior at Georgia Tech. The ACC comprises 15 member universities in Division One of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). They were traditionally located in the South Atlantic states but have been extended into the north-east and Midwest.

Williams clinched the ACC honour when she ran a collegiate-leading 8.25 seconds on November 30 at the BSC Panther Indoor Icebreaker in Birmingham, Alabama. She earlier won the prelims in 8.40 seconds.

The Yellow Jackets, on break for the holidays, return to the track on January 11 for the Clemson Purple & Elite meet.

Last season Williams placed second in the Clemson meet in a then personal best 8.20 seconds. She later lowered her personal best to 8.02 seconds on January 19 also in Clemson, South Carolina. This women's 60m hurdles clocking made her the second-fastest Yellow Jacket of all time.

While she underperformed at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships last year, Williams featured in the top two places in all other meets — except the final regular season competition at the Tiger Paw Invitational.

She was twice ACC Performer of the Week.

Running personal bests last year not only in her pet events, indoor and outdoor, but also in the 60m, 100m, and 200m, Williams often features in the 4x100m relays for Georgia Tech. She is usually on the second leg, but sometimes she starts.

At Champs 2015 Jeanine was third in the final of the Class One Girls' 100m hurdles, trailing Peta-Gaye Williams of St Jago High and Telecia Briscoe of Edwin Allen High. Now she is a top four contender for Jamaica's senior girls.

Turning 22 on January 28, Jeanine Williams is gearing up for a memorable season, with eyes on the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, in late September.

Her main challengers are expected to be Danielle Williams, Rushelle Burton, and Yanique Thompson.


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