Back in 2013 we wrote that Lauren Williams was no ordinary 13 year old girl. Now the marquee sprinter is no ordinary college student.
After an illustrious youth track career, Williams went on to excel at the high school level as well. She was a two-time New Balance Naitonal Indoor champion at 200 meters, won the California state 100 meter championship in 2016, and set the third fastest all-condition time in national high school history at 200 meters, with her wind-aided run of 22.44. She also claimed 2nd place at the 2015 IAFF World Youth Championships in the event.
When it came time to decide on a college, Williams decided to move from Southern California to Oregon to compete for the Duck's storied track and field program. According to to the Ducks official website, GoDucks.com, Williams accomplishments are outstanding:
[Williams] earned first-team All-American honors by helping her team take second in the 4x100 meter relay (43.06) at the NCAA Championships ... Competed in the 200 meter semis (22.84w) at the NCAA Championships ... Qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 200 meters after running 22.85 to place fourth at the NCAA West Preliminary Round ... Also helped her team take first place in the 4x100 meter relay (43.32) at the NCAA West Preliminaries and qualify for the national outdoor meey ... Competed in the 100 meter semi-finals (11.39) at the NCAA West Preliminaries ... Placed sixth in the 100 meters (11.37w) to score three points for Oregon and placed ninth in the 200 meters (33.1w) at the PAC-12 Championships ... Also helped her team take second place in the 4x100 meter relay (43.13) to score eight points for Oregon at the PAC-12 Championships ... Helped her team take first place and move into fourth all-time at Oregon in the 4x100 meter relay at the Desert Heat Classic ... Also took first place and moved into fifth all-time at Oregon in the 200 meters (22.51) and took third place and moved into ninth all-time at Oregon in the 100 meters (11.29) at the Desert Heat Classic ... Took sixth place in the 200 meters (23.14w) and competed in the 100 meters (11.46) at the Mt. Sac Relays Elite Invitational ... Also helped her team take second place in the 4x100 meter relay (42.93) at the Mt. Sac Relays Elite Invitational ... Helped her team take first place in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 43.92 at the Pepsi Invitational ... Helped her team take first place in the 4x100 meter relay (44.38) and took third place in the 100 meters (11.50) at the Aztec Invitational. Indoor - Competed in the 60 meters (7.42) and the 200 meters (23.42) at the MPSF Championships ... Set a new personal record as well as recorded the 11th fastest time in the NCAA and the 15th fastest time in the world in the 200 meters (23.16) at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational ... Recorded a time of 7.32 for a new personal record in the 60 meters ... Took second place in the 200 meters at the Columbia Challenge with a time of 23.53 ... Also advanced to the 60 meter finals at the Columbia Challenge where she finished with a time of 7.42 ... Began her career as a Duck by advancing to the 60 meter finals at the UW Indoor Preview where she finished seventh overall in 7.52.
Now her track career has come full circle. Last summer Williams announced that she'd be returning to southern California to run for the USC Trojans. The All-American continues to be anything bur ordinary.
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