EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore Waseem Williams ran the fastest time by a Big Ten 100-meter dasher in six years on the opening day of the NCAA Championships. Williams also anchored Purdue’s 4x100-meter relay team.
Williams was in the third heat of the 100-meter dash and ran a windy (+2.3) time of 10.06 seconds. That was the fifth-fastest time of the semifinals. However, it was also the fifth-fastest time in his heat, which meant despite the fast time, he would not advance to finals since only the top two in each heat plus the next two fastest overall times advance. Williams’ time is the second-fastest to not advance to finals in NCAA Championship history. The only time faster to not advance was 10.05 seconds, which was run last year.
Officially, Williams finishes ninth in the country and is in line to earn second team All-America honors.
The 4x100-meter relay team began the day on the track. Senior Gerald McGee led off before handing off to junior Malcolm Dotson. Junior Shawndail McLaren had the third leg before Williams brought the baton across the line with a time of 39.99 seconds. That time finished 20th in the country. The relay team is in line to earn Honorable Mention honors.
The women begin action at the meet Thursday. The remaining schedule, including broadcast information, is below.
8:02 p.m. - Women's 100-meter hurdles semifinals (Charlton) - ESPN2
8:30 p.m. - Women's 400-meter dash semifinals (Thomas, Abbott) - ESPN2
8:30 p.m. - Women's long jump finals (Carson) - ESPN3
9 p.m. - Women's 400-meter hurdles semifinals (Black) - ESPN2
10:18 p.m. - Women's 4x400-meter relay semifinals (Abbott, Thomas, Black, Mitchell, Miller) - ESPN2