FAYETTEVILLE – Soon-to-be senior Shelise Williams, a member of the Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field team,won the 400 metersat the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under 23 Championships on Friday. The meet is being contested Fri.-Sun., July 9-11, in Miramar, Fla.
"This race was a true testament to Shelise’s competitiveness," head coach Lance Harter said. "She has been battling some issues with a sore shin and has been doing a lot of training in the pool and on our zero-gravity machine. She had asolid lead at 200 meters and Ebony (Collins) made a push down the home stretch but Shelise dug deep to hold on to her lead."
Williams, a native of Long Beach, Calif.,won the 400 meters in a time of 53.08. Ebony Collins, alsoof the U.S., finished second in 53.31 for an American sweepof the event that also saw athletes from Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.
"I’m very excited to get this win," Williams said. "Being here at NACAC and representing Arkansas and the U.S. has been a great experience. I got a few more races in against some of the best young runners out there and I’m happy with my race today. The 4×400-meter relay on Sunday is always an exciting event and I’m ready for it."
Williams was the 2010 SEC Indoor Champion and Outdoor runner-up at 400 meters, was a member of the 2010 SEC Indoor and Outdoor Champion 4×400-meter relays, finished fifth in the 400 meters at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships and picked up four All-America honors during the 2010 indoor and outdoor seasons. Williams also broke the school records in the indoor and outdoor 400 meters.
Williams will run the finals of the 4×400-meter relay on Sunday and soon-to-be sophomore Makeba Alcide will begin the heptathlon on Saturday.