Denton (06/08/05) - Despite scorching his way to a Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Track and Field National Championships, hurdler Kory Williams still has unfinished business, a hundredth of a second's worth to be exact.
That fraction of a second is all that stands between Williams and his ultimate goal, the school 400-meter hurdles record. Beginning this Thursday at the national meet in Sacramento, Calif. the senior will have one last shot at one of the program's most elusive records.
"I am so pleased, and as a matter of fact, I am still shocked," said Williams about being the first North Texas male athlete since 2001 to reach nationals. "This was my last year and so I really focused on what I needed to do, and I made it happen,"
Williams has recorded three of the top four times in school history this season, but the record has been just out of his grasp. His best race, a 50.99 run at the SBC finals, is a fraction of a second off Ed Eberhart's 1975 record of 50.98.
North Texas head coach Rick Watkins said that Williams has had his mind set on the record and making it to the national stage all season.
"He knew this was his last shot and he was determined all year," said Watkins. "I think it was sheer determination. You could just tell he was serious about everything he did this year."
Williams will be running in the second heat of the 400-hurdles preliminaries on Thursday. The top two runners in each of the five prelims, along with the next six best times, will make Friday's semifinals.
Focused on his goals and determined to accomplish them, Williams is confident in his chances in Sacramento.
"I know I am going to make it to the finals, and I am going in confident because I have worked really hard for this."