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NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the National Athlete of the Year award winners for 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season as chosen by the nation’s coaches. Jermaine Jones of Saint Augustine’s, Danielle Williams of Johnson C. Smith, J Patrick Smith of Chico State and Sam Lockhart of Grand Valley State earned the distinctions of National Athletes of the Year for the 2013 outdoor season.
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National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year
Danielle Williams, Johnson C. Smith

Williams, a junior from St. Andrew, Jamaica, turned in a pair of all-time performances in winning both the 100 and 200 meters at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, in addition to a runner-up showing in the 100 hurdles. She blazed to the win at 200 meters in an all-time Division II record 22.62 (-0.7m/s) after having run a 22.63w (+5.4m/s) during the prelims. Her win at 100 meters came in 11.24 (-0.7m/s), giving her the win by more than a quarter of a second and the No. 4 wind-legal mark in division history. Her runner-up performance in the 100 hurdles in 12.89 (+1.8m/s) makes her the third-fastest performer in DII history.

She did not lose a final at either 100 or 200 meters throughout the duration of the outdoor season, including CIAA titles at 100 and 200 meters and the 4×100 relay to go along with a second-place 100 hurdles finish.


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