Michael Williams is the first Buccaneer since 2014 to move on to the NCAA Championships
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 27, 2016) – With a career best time of 50.49 in the 400 meter hurdles, junior Michael Williams (Mt.Laurel, N.J.) qualified for the 2016 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon on June 8-11.
Williams is the first Buccaneer to head to the national championships since Tyler Stepp did so back in 2014 in the men's long jump.
"Mike ran a much cleaner race today and it showed with a huge personal best," said director of track and field George Watts. "Mike has steadily improved throughout his three years and has been one of our hardest working guys and it paid off tonight."
In the second heat of the 400mH, Williams just missed out on automatically qualifying as he finished fourth with the career best time. However the Mt.Laurel, N.J., native was one of the fastest non-automatic qualifiers, finishing overall with the seventh fastest time of the 12 qualifiers.
"Coach Stamps has done a great job with the hurdlers and congrats to him as well for guiding Mike and Kyra," said Watts. "As a former hurdler he takes a lot of pride in those events and has had them prepared for the championship meets this year."
The NCAA Championships are set for June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon on the campus of the University of Oregon at historic Hayward Field. The 400 meter hurdle semifinals will begin on June 8 at 6:30 p.m with the finals on Friday at 6:57 p.m.
Day One of the NCAA Championships will be televised on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Stay tuned to etsubucs.com as more details become available.
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