Kendell And Devon Williams Accomplished A Historic Family Sweep

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The 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships marked the first time in history that two siblings completed a sweep of the multi-events at the same NCAA meet. Georgia's Kendell Williams and her brother, Devon, each won their respective multi-event crowns--Kendell her fourth NCAA indoor title in the pentathlon and Devon his first NCAA indoor title in the heptathlon last weekend in College Station, Texas. It might be the first time ever that siblings won two events at NCAAs.

"To win as a family, that's pretty special," Devon told FloTrack after the family sweep. 

With the weight of being the heavy favorite on her shoulders, Kendell opened Friday with a collegiate pentathlon individual record in the 60m hurdles in 8.03 seconds. The Bulldogs senior went on to finish fourth in the high jump with a mark of 1.78m, first in the shot put with a mark of 12.96m, and second in the long jump behind Arkansas' Taliyah Brooks. After the high jump, the defending champion lost her lead to Brooks but regained it in the following events. Heading into the 800m, Kendell held a slim nine-point lead ahead of Brooks, who carried a faster personal best in the event. But Williams left nothing to chance when she stormed the field with a personal best of 2:15.61, seven seconds ahead of Brooks. 

Kendell's performances culminated with a point total of 4,682, the second most in meet history and third most in collegiate history behind her own record. She also became the first woman to win four national indoor championships in one event



After completing the first day of competition on Friday, the momentum continued on Saturday with a dramatic comeback from her brother, Devon. He started day two by setting the meet record with the sixth-best heptathlon 60m hurdles time in collegiate history. The performance put the UGA senior within 70 points of competition leader Tim Duckworth of Kentucky. 

Later on in the pole vault, Devon cleared the second-best height of his career with a mark of 4.76m, which put him in second-place behind Duckworth. Prior to the 1000m, the last event of the competition, Devon trailed Duckworth by 224 points. 

In a stunning final effort, Devon finished with a new personal best of 2:41.26 to overthrow Duckworth and claim his first NCAA crown with 6,177 points, the fifth-best performance in NCAA history. 

null"To be honest, the whole time I was just thinking 'It's only five laps on a 200-meter track,'" Devon said. "So the whole time I was telling myself 'This is easy,' but it wasn't easy at all. I was just trying to train my mind."

According to GeorgiaDogs.com, Devon's comeback represents the largest deficit erased in the final event for a win since Duke's Curtis Beach jumped from fourth place and erased a 236-point margin to Wisconsin's Jay Cato by running a world record of 2:23.68 in 2014. 

The Williams siblings are unique to the history of track and field greats. No sibling duo has ever won NCAA titles in the multi-events at the same meet, but several family members have scored in the same championship competition. 

Al Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee both racked up points at the 1983 NCAA Outdoor Championships, where Al finished second in the triple jump and Jackie won the heptathlon. Al went on to win Olympic gold in the triple jump at the 1984 Olympic Games. Jackie claimed silver in the heptathlon in the same championship and later earned three Olympic gold medals in the 1988 and 1992 Games. 

Sprint twins Mikele and Me'Lisa Barber scored in the same NCAA indoor championship in 2000. Mikele won the 200m and finished second in the 400m while Me'Lisa finished third in the 200m. The sisters went on to win relay gold at several different championships. Me'Lisa won titles as a member of the 4x400m at the 2003 World Championships and as a member of the 4x100m at the 2005 World Championships. Mikele captured gold as part of the 4x100m at the 2007 World Championships. 

In his post-competition interview, Devon said he drew inspiration from watching his sister before completing his events.  

"It's always inspirational watching [Kendell] go," he said. "She always does good things. We're always expecting good things from her."

Devon and Kendell will both graduate this spring. Kendell has already competed on two senior international teams. She finished sixth at the 2016 World Indoor Championships and 17th in her first Olympic Games last summer. Devon hasn't made an international team yet but has the potential to become a Team USA member, especially after his fifth-place showing in the decathlon at the 2016 Olympic Trials. 

After their historic NCAA performances, the Williams siblings could add Team USA mainstay to their list of accolades.

Matthew Centrowitz Moving To D.C., Still With Nike Oregon Project

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Matthew Centrowitz announced on Instagram that he is still with the Nike Oregon Project, but has relocated back to the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Olympic champion in the 1500m attended Broadneck High School in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Oregon and remained in Oregon for his professional career. 

All The Best Things That Happened In The NCAA This Weekend

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Three collegiate records highlighted NCAA action this weekend, as UTEP sophomore Michael Saruni, Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp, and Georgia senior Keturah Orji set standards in their respective events.

Keturah Orji Breaks American, Collegiate Indoor Record For Triple Jump

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Georgia's Keturah Orji broke her own American and NCAA indoor records in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 14.53m/47-8 at the Clemson Invitational.

Katelyn Tuohy Shatters Mary Cain's National High School Record For 5K

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North Rockland High School, New York, sophomore Katelyn Tuohy ran the fastest 5K ever for a high school girl — indoors or outdoors — today with her winning time of 15:37.12 at the VA Showcase in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Christian Coleman Crushes 60m World Record In His Season Opener

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Today, in his first meet of the year, Christian Coleman set the bar for his season incredibly high and put the world on notice. 

Vincent Crisp Runs Fastest Collegiate Time Ever For 600 Yards

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Texas Tech junior Vincent Crisp posted the fastest indoor collegiate mark of all time over 600 yards on Friday. Competing at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, Crisp ran 1:08.16 and held off TCU’s Derrick Mokaleng, who ran 1:08.18.

Michael Saruni Runs World-Best In Indoor 600m

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On Friday night, Michael Saruni continued his hot start to 2018. The UTEP sophomore ran a world-best time of 1:14.79 in the 600m at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in Albuquerque.  

Austin, Texas, Chasing History With Olympic Trials Bid

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Austin, Texas, has hosted the NCAA track and field championships and currently stages one of the largest track meets of the calendar, the Texas Relays. The city has a robust road racing scene, bolstered by the presence of elite athletes and high-level training groups. But Austin has never hosted a USA track and field championship event — not for any distance on the roads, cross country or track and field. And certainly not the Olympic Trials. 

Justin Gatlin Switches Coaches After Investigation Uncovers Doping Scandal

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Justin Gatlin has officially begun his career after Dennis Mitchell. Reuters reported on Friday that Gatlin is being coached by Brooks Johnson in Orlando, Florida. Gatlin fired Mitchell in December after Mitchell was implicated in a doping sting facilitated by the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. 

Robert Kigen, Felix Kandie Headline Napoli City Half Marathon

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Nobert Kigen and Felix Kandie of Kenya headline a men’s pro field aiming for a sub-60 minute performance at the fifth Napoli City Half Marathon in Naples, Italy.