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Williams cruises to NCAA Championships quarterfinals on Thursday night

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics Communications
Release: 05/28/2010
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Senior All-American Teddy Williams clocked the evening's fastest 100 meters time on Thursday.
AUSTIN — Senior All-American Teddy Williams began his quest for the first national title in UTSA Athletics history when he cruised to the day's fastest time, a wind-aided 10.25, in the first round of the 100-meter dash on Thursday evening at the NCAA Championships West Preliminary Rounds at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Starting out of lane eight in the first of six opening-round heats, the Tyler native got off to a quick start and rolled to the next round (6 p.m. Friday). The three-time All-American, who is tied with Auburn's Marcus Rowland for the country's fastest time this spring (10.03w/t-11th in world this year), was five one-hundredths of a second ahead of his nearest competitors USC's Amad Rashad and Texas A&M's Gerald Phiri, who both ran 10.30. The nine-time Southland Conference Champion will need to finish among the top 12 in the quarters to move on to next month's NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.

"My biggest goal today was just to make it to the next round," Williams said. "Coach (Aaron) Fox wanted to me to get off to a good start and accelerate to the 60-meter mark before checking where I was. Once I saw I was in front, I was able to save energy for tomorrow night. It's all about moving on at this stage of the season."

Freshmen Adam Hebert just missed advancing with Williams in the 100m, as the Poteet native raced to a personal-best 10.60 in the second heat, but his time fell short by a mere four one thousandths of a second for the 24th and final qualifying spot.

Fellow first-year performers Tyler Williamson (24-2 ¼/7.37m) and Peyton Vickers (23-8/7.21m) both did not move on after the opening round of three long jumps. Williamson, however, missed a spot in the quarterfinals by only two inches.

Freshman Richard Garrett Jr. also was in action in the shot put, but his toss of 50-4 ½ (15.37m) failed to advance him to the following round of throws.

The three-day meet continues on Friday and four Roadrunners in addition to Williams are scheduled to compete. Senior Johnathan Whittaker, junior Devon Bond and freshman Keith Benford will begin competition in the high jump at 4 p.m., while Williams and Hebert will hit the track for the first round of the 200m three-and-a-half hours later.

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