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Chris Williams
Position: Sprints/Pole Vault
Year: Junior
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
High School: Strath Haven
Experience: 2 Letters

2015 Pac-12 Pole Vault Runner-Up
2013 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year
2013 All-America Honorable Mention (110m Hurdles, 4x100m Relay)
2013 Pac-12 Pole Vault Runner-Up

Williams Features
» Williams Is Back, On The Double (GoHuskies.com; Feb. 24, 2015)

2015:
A very strong season saw him named Team MVP at the team awards banquet ... scored in three events at the Pac-12 Championships, taking runner-up in the pole vault for the second time with a clearance of 17-4 1/2, finishing fourth in the 110m hurdles in 14.15, and anchoring the third-place 4x100m relay in 40.11 ... just missed a spot at NCAAs in the 110m hurdles as he finished 16th in the West Prelims in Austin in 13.85 seconds after running a wind-aided 13.81 time in the first round ... also tied for 23rd in the vault at West Prelims clearing 16-6 3/4 and the 4x100m relay took 18th in 40.48 ... got the win in the 110m hurdles at the UW-WSU Dual, leading a Husky sweep in 14.28 seconds ... cleared 16-6 3/4 in the pole vault at the Mt. SAC Relays ... anchored the 4x100m relay to a win at the Pepsi Team Invite in 40.33 seconds ... took second in the Stanford Invite 110m hurdles running 14.22 in the final, and a wind-aided 14.16 seconds in the prelims ... set an outdoor PR in the vault at the Baldy Castillo Invite in Tempe, clearing 17-4 1/2 ... indoors, finished fourth in the 60m hurdles at the MPSF Championships in 8.02 seconds ... won the Husky Classic 60m hurdles in a new career-best time of 7.84 seconds ... tied for the win in the pole vault at the UW Indoor Open, flying to a new career-best of 17-5 1/2 ... won the 60m hurdles at the UW Invitational, going 7.98 in the prelims and 8.02 in the final ... earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention and was a USTFCCCA All-Academic Team selection.

2014:
Scored in the 110m hurdles, pole vault and the 4x100m relay at Pac-12s and advanced to the West Prelims in the hurdles … ran his hurdles season-best in the final of the Pac-12 Championships, going 14.25 seconds to finish fifth … tied for eighth in the pole vault at Pac-12s with a season-best clearance of 16-2 ¾ … also ran on the 4x100m relay team that took seventh at Pac-12s in 41.78 seconds … at West Prelims, finished 37th overall in the 110m hurdles in 14.42 seconds into a -0.9 headwind … led off the fastest 4x100m relay of the season, a 40.79 time at the UW-WSU Dual … third in the hurdles in the Dual Meet in 14.63 seconds … won the Ken Shannon Invite hurdles in 14.82 seconds into a headwind … indoors, was sixth in the 60m hurdles final at the MPSF Championships in a time of 8.13 seconds after running 8.04 in the prelims … ran a season-best 8.03 seconds in the hurdles final of the Husky Classic to finish second … also was sixth in the hurdles at the New Mexico Classic in 8.07 seconds … indoor season-best vault of 15-11 at the UW Indoor Preview … picked up Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.

2013: 
Became UW’s first male athlete to win Pac-12 Freshman of the Year as he earned All-America honorable mention in the 110m hurdles and on the 4x100m relay, and also was the Pac-12 runner-up in the pole vault … advanced to the NCAA final site in the 110m hurdles and as the lead leg on the 4x100-meter relay, and also competed at NCAA West Prelims in the pole vault … at West Prelims, he ran his 110m hurdles PR of 13.82 seconds in the quarterfinals to place eighth overall and move on to Eugene … the 13.82 time is second-fastest in UW history and the fastest since 1976 … had a tough race in the NCAA semis at Oregon, finishing 22nd overall in 14.46 … the 4x100m relay ran a season-best 40.03 at West Prelims in Austin to get the 12th and final qualifying spot, and went on to finish 20th at NCAAs … tied for 35th overall at West Prelims in the pole vault, clearing 16-6 ¾ … at the Pac-12 Championships, he was a surprise second-place finisher with a big PR of 17-feet, 3-inches … was also one hurdle away from a third-place finish in the 110m hurdles at Pac-12s, but fell over the last hurdle and was unable to finish … had previously run a then-season-best time of 14.03 in the hurdles prelims at Pac-12s … helped the 4x100m relay take fourth at Pac-12s in 40.17 … got the win in the hurdles at the UW-WSU Dual, leading a Husky sweep, in 14.36 seconds … nice pole vault and hurdles double at the Mt. SAC Relays, going 16-10 ¾ in the vault and 14.22 in the hurdles … took second in the hurdles at the Pepsi Team Invite in 14.21 … indoors, posted the No. 3 time in school history in the 60m hurdles, going 7.92 seconds at the Husky Classic for a second-place finish … also ran 7.94 seconds at the UW Final Qualifier for second … best indoor pole vault of 16-5 ½ at the UW Indoor Preview … at MPSFs, got tangled with another runner in the hurdles prelims and did not make the final, and also finished 13th in the pole vault at 15-10.

High School and Personal: Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ... parents are Sabrina Ford and Chris Williams ... has one older sister, Alix, who runs track for the University of Michigan, focusing on the 400m hurdles ... father, Chris, was an All-American hurdler at the University of Iowa ... unique athlete who captured the 2012 Pennsylvania 3A state titles in both the 110-meter hurdles and the pole vault, setting a state meet record in the vault at 16-6 ... also ran 13.91 to win his second straight 110m hurdles state title, and ran on the title-winning 4x100m relay ... ranked in the top-20 nationally in 2012 in both the hurdles and pole vault ... during the 2012 indoor season, was one of the fastest 60-meter hurdlers in the nation, placing fourth at the New Balance Indoor Nationals meet in a new PR of 7.77 seconds ... that time ranked fifth nationally during the indoor season ... cleared 16-feet in the vault for the first time at the 2012 Penn Relays ... won the 110m hurdles state title in 2011, running a time of 14.18 seconds into a stiff headwind of -3.4 meters per second ... second at state as a sophomore in the pole vault with a 14-6 clearance ... graduated with a 3.7 GPA.

Major Meets
2013 MSPF - 13th, 60m Hurdles | 13th, Pole Vault
2013 Pac-12 - 8th, 110m Hurdles | 2nd, Pole Vault | 4th, 4x100m
2013 NCAA Prelims - 8th, 110m Hurdles | 35th (tie), Pole Vault | 12th, 4x100m
2013 NCAA Outdoors - 22nd, 110m Hurdles (All-America honorable mention) | 20th, 4x100m (All-America honorable mention)
2013 USA Junior Champs - 10th, 110m Hurdles | NH, Pole Vault
2014 MPSF - 6th, 60m Hurdles | 17th (tie), Pole Vault
2014 Pac-12 - 5th, 110m Hurdles | 8th (tie), Pole Vault | 7th, 4x100m
2014 NCAA Prelims - 37th, 110m Hurdles
2015 MPSF - 4th, 60m Hurdles | NH, Pole Vault
2015 Pac-12 - 4th, 110m Hurdles | 2nd, Pole Vault | 3rd, 4x100m
2015 NCAA Prelims - 16th, 110m Hurdles | 23rd (tie), Pole Vault | 18th, 4x100m

Outdoor Bests
110m Hurdles.......13.82 / 13.81w
Pole Vault.......17-4 1/2

Indoor Bests
60m Hurdles.......7.84
Pole Vault.......17-5 1/2

Academic Honors
2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
2015 Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
2014 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
2014 Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention

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