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DERRICK WILLIAMS
Event: 400m Hurdles
Height:
5-11
Weight:
160
PR:
48.26 (2007)
Born:
March 25, 1982
Current Residence:
Fayetteville, Ark.
High School:
Glen Oak (Canton, Ohio) HS ‘01
College:
Barton County CC ’03, North Texas ’05
Coach:
Lance Brauman
Agent:
Mark Wetmore
Club:
Reebok 

Career Highlights:

3rd at 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Champs; 2003 JUCO champion; 2001 JUCO 100mH champion

 

Williams enjoyed his finest season ever in 2007, highlighted by a third place finish at the AT&T USA Outdoor Championships (where he set his personal best time of 48.26 seconds) and by finishing seventh at the World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan. A two-time national Junior College champion while at Barton County Community College, Williams first jumped on to the national scene in the men’s 400m hurdles with his first-ever ranking by Track & Field News in 2006, ranked #6 in the U.S. Williams, who did not finish in the finals at the 2006 USA Outdoor Championships, placed third at Nationals in 2007 with a personal best time of 48.26 seconds, earning a Team USA roster spot for the World Outdoor Championships in Japan later that summer. “Not too many people thought I’d make the team,” he told a Canton Repository reporter afterward. “Last year was just an experience for me. I was trying to get experience, and I was trying to get my feet in the water. This year, it’s about winning.” Uncertain about the direction of his track and field career following the 2005 season, Williams packed his car and drove to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where his hurdling aspirations were reborn. Williams new found dedication began to pay dividends when he placed third at the 2006 Kansas Relays before winning at the adidas Track Classic in Carson, Calif. On May 5, 2006, Williams won the Jamaica International Invitational with a then personal best of 48.65 seconds. 

2008: 26th in Olympic Trials quarter-finals (51.92)...4th at adidas Track Classic (49.75)
2007:
3rd at AT&T USA Outdoors (48.26PR)…7th at World Outdoors (52.97)…1st at Kingston (48.65)…4th at adidas Track Classic (48.77)…3rd at Reebok Grand Prix (49.03)…ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 48.26.
2006:
Did not finish at USA Outdoors…ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 48.68.
2005:
Best of 50.89.
2004:
Best of 51.72.
2003:
National Junior College champion…best of 50.14.

06/06/08

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