Event: 400m Hurdles
PR: 400mH - 53.28 (2007)
Born: February 5, 1983 in Miami, Fla.
Current Residence: Orlando, Fla.
High School: Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) HS '01
College: Univ. of South Carolina '05
Coach: Brooks Johnson
Agent: Steven Williams
Career Highlights: 2008 Olympic Trials champion; 2007 Visa Outdoor champion; 2007 USA Outdoor 400mH champion; 3rd at 2005 NCAA 400mH; 2002 U.S. Junior 100H champ; 2nd in 400m hurdles at 2002 NCAA Outdoor & U.S. Junior Championships; 4th at 2002 World Junior Championships
Ross-Williams won her second consecutive national title and qualified for her first Olympic Team but winning the women’s 400m hurdles in 54.03 at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials…Two years after giving birth to a daughter, Williams put her name atop the 2007 women's 400m hurdles world list at the 2007 USA Outdoor Championships, leading the race from early on and winning in a personal-best time of 53.28...Her performance earned enough points to win the Visa Championship Series...Although she placed 4th at the 2006 USA Outdoor Championships, Williams earned a #2 world and U.S. ranking…Ross-Williams came back strong in 2005 after a year off, setting a personal best of 54.56 to place third in the 400mH at the NCAA Outdoors...She improved her PR to 53.79 at Monaco, in 2006…won the gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2002 USA Junior Championships, missing out on a meet record because her time of 13.01 was run with a 2.3 meters-per-second tailwind…Ross ran 57.94 in winning the 2001 U.S. Junior Olympics 400m hurdles title, and would have been an NCAA qualifier in 2001 in high school… has also jumped 12.49m/41 feet in the triple jump…as a prep standout, Ross was named a 2001 Track & Field News All-American... named a 2000 Track & Field News All-American in 300/400 hurdles, 2001 All-American in 400m hurdles and 100m hurdles, named four time All-County in 300m hurdles, four-time All-County in the 4x400 m relay …was named team MVP in 1999, 2000, and 2001…won Florida state titles in the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, and 4x400m in 2000 and 2001…named 2001 Female Track Athlete of the Year for the State of Florida…2001 Miami Herald Female Athlete of the Year…All-American at National Scholastic outdoors in triple jump ...currently holds Junior Olympic 400m hurdles record and the 300m hurdles record for the state of Florida...was the runner-up at National Scholastic Meet in 100m and 400m hurdles...Team won state championship in 1999 and 2001… graduated with a bachelor's degree in retail management from South Carolina…married Steven Williams in 2005, they have a daughter named Samya.
2009: 5th at World Outdoors
(53.83)...3rd at USA Outdoors
(55.18)…4th at Reebok Grand Prix (55.44)…3rd at Paris (54.72)...4th at Rome (54.81)…1st
at Lausanne (54.73)...2nd at Rethymno
(54.60)...7th at World Athletics Final (56.29)...ranked #5 in the world (#2
U.S.) by T&FN...best of 53.83.
2008: 8th at Olympic Games (57.55), 3rd in semifinal (54.99)...Olympic Trials champion (54.03)...2nd at Monaco (53.54)...3rd at Reebok Grand Prix (55.78)...1st at Coral Gables (54.97)...ranked #5 in the world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 53.54.
2007: : USA Outdoor champion (53.28PR)…7th at World Outdoors (54.63)...3rd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (54.95)…1st at Santo Domingo (54.34)…2nd at Athens (54.38)…2nd at Belem (54.81)…1st at Fortaleza (54.88)...ranked #6 in the world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 53.28.
2006: 4th at USA Outdoors (54.84)…2nd at Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis (54.26)…2nd at Rieti GP (54.20)...2nd at Golden Gala (54.40)…7th at Athens Super Grand Prix (54.99)…1st at Monaco GP (53.79PR)…2nd at World Athletics Final (54.22)…ranked #2 in the world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 53.79.
2005: 3rd at NCAA Outdoors (54.56)... 5th at Helsinki GP (55.71)... 3rd in first heat at USA Outdoors (54.64)... 1st at SEC Championships (55.68)... 2nd in 4x100m & 4x400m relay at NCAA Outdoors... ranked #5 in the U.S. at 400mH by T&FN. Bests of 12.99 & 54.56.
2004: did not compete (maternity)
2003: 1st at SEC Indoor 4x400m relay (3:32.90)...8th at SEC Indoor 400m (55.01)...2nd at NCAA Indoor 4x400m relay (3:28.25).
2002: 1st at U.S. Juniors 100mH (13.01w)...2nd at NCAA Outdoor 400mH (55.22PR, making her the third-fastest U.S. performer in 2002)...4th at World Junior Championships (56.52)...member of Team USA World Junior Championships gold medal winning 4x400m relay (3:29.95)...2nd at USA Juniors (57.13)...1st at SEC Champs (55.75)...1st at Knoxville (57.14)...ranked #3 at 400mH in the U.S. by T&FN...bests of 13.30 & 55.22.
2001: Best of 57.91