Courtney Williams. (Internet photo)
Courtney Williams. (Internet photo)

Vincentian Courtney Williams, one of two athletes on an Olympic Solidarity Scholarship in the United States, sprinted into the record books by breaking the 200m national record on his quest to Pan Am Games qualification.

On Friday 5, at the 2015 Texas State University Friday Night Lights All Comers Meet, Courtney lived up to long held expectations in the 200m when he clocked 20.59 secs, qualifying for the 200m event in the Pan Am Games and breaking the national record in the process.

The original 200m mark of 20.76 was set on 19 May 1995 by Eswort Coombs at the NJCAA Championships in Odessa, United States.

Kineke Alexander, who has already qualified for the 200m and 400m at Pan Am Games, was also on the winner’s podium, running first in the 400m with 52.91secs and third in the 200m, with 23.44 secs.

Both athletes will next be competing with teammate, Brandon Valentine-Parris in the St. Kitts and Nevis National Championships scheduled for June 13 and 14, after which they will join other locally-based athletes in Barbados for that country’s National Championships scheduled for June 19 – 21.

Team Athletics SVG has extended congratulations to Williams, adding that it looks forward to continued and greater performances in the future.