SACRAMENTO, Calf. (6/9/05) One of the most memorable individual seasons in North Texas track and field history came to an end as senior Kory Williams ran a time of 52.24 in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Track and Field Championship.
Williams had the fifth fastest time of his heat but failed to qualify for the semifinals as the top 16 times advanced.
“He knew that he was going to have to come out here and run the race of his life,” said North Texas coach Rick Watkins. “He got off to a great start and had the lead through the first 100 meters but he just ran out of steam near the end”.
Williams recorded three of the top four times in school history this season and was just a hundredth of a second short of the school record set in 1975.
Williams will leave North Texas as the school’s first hurdler to advance to the NCAA Championship since 1983 and the first men’s track and field athlete to qualify for the championship since 2001.
“He had a great season and had a lot of wonderful accomplishments this year. He really went out and competed hard for us this year and it paid off for him in the end” Watkins said.