Track and Field's Williams Picks Up Second AAC Honor

Ben Williams has earned two AAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week honors this season.

Ben Williams has earned two AAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week honors this season.

Jan. 28, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville track and field's Ben Williams won his second triple jump competition of the year over the weekend and is the American Athletic Conference Men's Field Athlete of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.

The Newcastle, United Kingdom, native tied his season-best mark of 15.96m/52-4.50 in the triple jump at the Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday, earning his second win of the year in as many tries. The jump, which was nearly a foot and a half better than the runner-up, is good enough for fifth nationally and keeps Williams atop the league in the event.

Williams started his Louisville career with a win at the Hoosier Open in December, when he first achieved a leap of 15.96m/52-4.50 in the triple jump. The sophomore achieved AAC honors for the mark and reached No. 2 in the national rankings.

Along with Williams, Louisville also has four individuals who lead The American in their respective events: Brittany Owens (No. 1, long jump), Brad Vivace (No. 1, shot put), Sam Bombaugh (No. 1, weight throw), and Patrice Gates (No. 1, weight throw).

The Cardinals return to competition at the Indiana Relays on Friday, Jan. 31, in Bloomington, Ind. The two-day event will be held in the Gladstein Fieldhouse.

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