Jessica Williams will run the 300m at the Harry Jerome Indoor Games presented by TELUS on February 4th at the Richmond Olympic Oval. She will enroll at the University of British Columbia next September and participate in both soccer and track and field.
"I chose to pursue my post secondary education at UBC because of the fantastic academic opportunities, as well as the privilege to able to play soccer and run track under two high level programs," said Williams. "It's going to be pretty taxing and a lot of hours to play both sports so to have the UBC coaches' confidence and have them believe in me was something that is really important. I got that vibe right away from them.
"We welcome Jessica to UBC as a two sport athlete. She has demonstrated that she can perform at the collegiate level in both soccer and track, and will have the unique opportunity to participate in both the CIS and the NAIA," said Williams' new track coach Laurier Primeau. "We know that we are getting a great athlete, a strong academic, and an excellent person."
There is a long and distinguished history of track and field in Williams' family. Her father Paul Williams was a long distance runner who raced in three Olympic Games for Canada. Jessica's mother, Lynn Kanuka-Williams was a 3000 metre specialist who won the bronze medal for Canada at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Her brother Jack Williams raced on the UBC Track and Field team, graduating in 2016 from UBC School of Kinesiology.
Jessica has a personal best of 41.83 in the indoor 300m set last year at the Jerome Indoor Games. This is the U18 meet record. She also holds the U18 600m meet record at 1:38.75.
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