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Second Straight Record Breaking Performance Earns Barton’s Williams a Third National Athlete of the Week Award


GREAT BEND, Kan. ( – Continuing her rewriting of record books, Cedricka Williams of the 3rd ranked Barton Community College women’s track and field team has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Outdoor Women’s Athlete of the Week.

Breaking the national discus record two weeks prior, Williams was back in the ring this past Friday in Waco, Texas, slinging the disc eight further inches to reset the program and NJCAA All-Time mark to 57.80m (189-07).

The freshman’s distance won the Michael Johnson Invitational at Baylor University by nearly ten feet over a University of Nebraska junior while climbing to within two inches of her personal best of setting the Jamaican U20 record (57.84m, 189-9) at last year’s ISSA High School Championships.

The award is the second straight and third USTFCCC honor having earned the distinguishment initially on April 2 in setting the program record two rounds after fellow freshman teammate Ivanilda Semedo had broken the top throw. Not winning the NJCAA award that week, the latest makes it consecutive honors awarded by the NJCAA National Office.

According to the USTFCCCA, this is the tenth time that a female athlete from Barton has been named M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week during the outdoor season. Williams’ three awards this season joins Kelsie Murrell-Ross (2022), Nia Robinson (once each in 2022 and 2021), Lashanna Graham (2021), Yoveinny Mota (twice in 2019) and Lydia Mato (2015).

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