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Williams Earns 2nd Team All-America Honors

June 11, 2015  Eugene, Ore.  RSS
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Jocelyn Williams became a second team All-American in the women's hammer on Thursday. (Photo by Eric Evans)

Jocelyn Williams became a second team All-American in the women's hammer on Thursday. (Photo by Eric Evans)

Liberty redshirt senior Jocelyn Williams garnered second team All-America honors with a 16th-place finish in the women's hammer at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Thursday afternoon at Hayward Field.

Making her NCAA national meet debut, Williams stretched the tape to 190-5 on her third and final attempt on a warm, sun-drenched day. The effort catapulted the New Jersey native from 23rd place to 16th, making her the fourth women's All-American in Liberty's NCAA Division I track & field history.

Williams became the second Liberty women's hammer thrower ever to earn second team All-America laurels, matching Melinda Bendik's 16th-place finish from the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

A pair of Big South women's hammer throwers took home second team All-America honors on Thursday, as Winthrop's Marthaline Cooper placed 10th at 197-7.

Southern Illinois' DeAnna Price was the national champion, thanks to a sixth-round throw of 234-6 which established a new meet record. Defending champion Julia Ratcliffe of Princeton placed second at 220-9.