Wendall Williams shatters track & field records
Rochester, NY – Herkimer General Wendall Williams (Syracuse, NY) jumped and ran in a way that most people can only dream about in the University of Rochester Alumni Invitational Meet on Saturday. He tied the HCCC record in the 100m, broke the school record in the high jump, and shattered the school record in the long jump. Williams not only won all of those events; he also almost tied the facility record for the long jump. In all, his one-day performance was among the very finest in the history of the HCCC track & field program.
Williams had, in seasons past, proven that he is a standout team-sport player. On Saturday he established himself as an outstanding pure athlete in the individual events of track & field. He started by crushing the HCCC long jump record of 6.88m. Williams jumped 7.31m (23' 11 ¾"), which is almost 17 inches more than the old mark.
Speedster Williams then ran the 100m and tied the school record with a time of 10.94. Then he high jumped and broke the old school record of 6'6" by jumping 6'6 ¼". He won all three of those events as well. In the long jump, Williams was only .01m (less than half an inch) off the facility record of 7.32m.
Sharon Howell is the Track & Field Head Coach. Howell spoke about Williams' performances on Saturday, stating "I am impressed with Wendall's times and distances especially since the last time he ran was his senior year in high school, 2008. He works hard and takes his events very seriously, and it has paid off. This is the first time in 31 years that I have had one male individual break three school records in a single season. He's great to work with and very motivating to the other athletes on the team. Wendall is very humble as to how well he has done. It is a pleasure to have Wendall on the team."
Photo: Williams going up and over the high jump bar
Other improved performances for the men's squad came from the 400m relay team and Joseph Shinn in the 110m high hurdles (see photo at bottom of story). All of the throwers improved as well, as did some of the other runners.
Throwers were the most successful members of the women's team. Mary Lenhart earned fourth place in javelin and seventh place in shot put. Mary Galway's javelin throw was good for eighth place.
[ Ed. Note: Williams also broke the HCCC 200m record of 22.50 a week earlier in the meet at Ithaca by sprinting 22.45. ]
Photo: Joe Shinn making a strong showing (15.61 seconds) in the 110m high hurdles