FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Chrishawn Williams won All-America honors as she placed eighth in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor National Championships on Friday evening with a mark of 20-7 ¾ (6.29 meters). This is her first All-America honor.
"Chrishawn was outstanding and she deserves this All-America status," said assistant coach Steve Rubin after the awards ceremony, "I thought it was really one of the best competitive performances I've seen in a long time. She never stopped fighting hard."
"A big congratulations to Chrishawn as she did a fantastic job tonight," said head coach Harlis Meaders, "Coming into nationals at 15th and finishing eighth is a testament to her training and her competitive nature. Her progress is a step in the right direction for where we want to take the program. We've definitely made some steps in the right direction and Chrishawn's and many of our other student-athletes' successes are a profound mark on that."
Williams' long mark of 20-7 ¾ is just under her personal best of the year, a mark of 20-8 ½ (6.31 meters), which she set on February 2nd at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.
"I'm not 100-percent satisfied and I know I could have placed higher, but I'm still happy," said Williams after receiving her All-America trophy, "I can't be disappointed considering I've never competed at this level indoors before and I come home an All-America."
Her progressions at NCAAs were: 19-6 ¼, 19-9 ½, 20-1, 20-7 ¼, 20-7 ¾, and 19-11 ½ through the six rounds of competition. She finished fourth in her flight.
"She had to made a really good jump in the last round of prelims just to qualify for the final," said Coach Rubin, "She made a really good adjustment and stayed aggressive giving her a much bigger jump in round three which was really a turning point for her.
"All the girls jumped really far at this level in a meet like this," added Coach Rubin, "Chrishawn continued to be aggressive and improved on her fourth and fifth attempts so you can see that she just kept getting better as the competition went on. She was just outstanding."
Williams, a senior, earned All-ACC honors earlier this season after finishing second at the conference championship two weeks ago. Williams led the conference in the long jump all season heading into the ACC Championships.
While this is her first qualification for the indoor championships, Williams has previously qualified in the long jump for the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in 2012 and was an NCAA Outdoor Regional qualifier in 2010 and 2012.
"I'm just excited to move into outdoors so I can move up the podium a few steps," added Williams, "This is extremely motivating for outdoors, where I've competed at the national level before. I know who my competition is and I know how far I need to go. Doing this is a big boost of confidence."
Carolina's outdoor season will begin at home March 22-23 as they host the Kent Taylor Invitational at Belk Track.