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Smithites Named USTFCCCA Regional Track Athletes Of The Year

Johnson C. Smith University junior student-athletes Shermaine Williams and Leford Green were named Atlantic Region Female and Male Track Athlete of the Year, respectively by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Both received their honors during the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships Banquet held at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Williams, a native of St. Andrew, Jamaica, entered the NCAA DII Championships with second-best 100-meter hurdle time of the season in Division II (13.16) and as the sixth seed in the 100 meters (11.67). Williams also entered as part of Johnson C. Smith's 4x100 and 4x400 squads. Williams clocked a national top-10 time in the 200 meters this season (23.98). Williams won CIAA titles in the 100 meters and 100-meter hurdles.

In the finals, Williams won a second-straight NCAA championship in the 100-meter hurdles, clutching victory over Adams State's Indira Spence by an eyelash in a 13.14 to 13.15 photo finish.

Williams was named USTFCCCA Regional Track Athlete of the Year in 2008.

Green, a native of St. Catherine, Jamaica, was the nation's leader in three events heading into the NCAA DII Championships. Green clocked 20.68 over 200 meters, 45.88 over 400 meters and 49.46 in the 400-meter hurdles. Green has also anchored the Johnson C. Smith team to the second-best mark among 4x400-meter relay squads. Green was the CIAA champ in the 400-meter hurdles earlier this season.

Green finished in second place with a time of 45.68 seconds, behind defending national champion Joshua Scott (St. Augustine's) with a time of 45.11. Green did win the 400-meter hurdles in a blazing time of 48.67. Only Olympic medalist Bershawn Jackson has run faster at an NCAA Division II Championship (48.50).

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