Cal Poly Pomona's Jonathan Williams ran anchor on the winning 4X100 team at the 2007 Pan American Junior Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from July 6-8. Representing the United States, the 4×100 relay team competed against the world's top junior athletes, including countries such as Jamaica, Bahamas and Trinidad.
Williams ran the anchor leg for Team USA and brought home the gold with a winning time of 39.43. That time nearly broke the meet record time of 39.29. The world record for the Pan American Junior Championships is 38.66. Trinidad placed second with a time of 40.11 and Colombia placed third with a time of 40.40.
“The race was won at the second leg, and I just had to keep the lead (running the anchor),” Williams said. “… my experience was really neat and interesting, but overall international competition is different.”
Williams qualified for the Pan American Junior Championships earlier in June at the 2007 USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships by placing fourth overall in the 100 meter final with a time of 10.40. The Gold-winning relay team consisted of Arthur Wims (Nebraska), Shane Crawford (Purdue), Kyle Stevenson (Tennessee) and Williams.
From here, Williams has his sights set on track season and his goals include breaking three records at Cal Poly Pomona next year in the 100, 200 and 400 meters.