Williams, the Portland UO freshman, got off to a good start again on Saturday in his preliminary run of the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. This time he stayed strong throughout, crossing the line in 9.95 seconds with the help of the wind to advance to Sunday's semifinal round.
"This time, I knew it would come out; it just had to end well," Williams said. "So that's what I tried to emphasize in my career."
Williams, who has a personal best of 10.00 seconds, was one of three athletes with UO ties to advance in the men's 100 on Saturday. Cravon Gillespie also finished in the top three of their heats, automatically qualifying for the semi-finals.
Who: Cole Walsh
What: Two wells; Top 12 advance to finals (6/21 – 3:30 PM)
Result : Walsh matched his season-best mark, clearing 18 feet, 4.5 inches on his second attempt. But the former two-time All-American UO failed three times at 18-6.5; 11 athletes surpassed that height, and the 12th classified for Monday's final had cleared 18-4.5 on his first attempt, leaving Walsh one point behind.
5:15 p.m. – men's triple jump | qualifier
Who: Isaiah Griffith
What: two flights; top 12 advance to finals (6/21 – 4:40 pm)
Result : Less than a week after finishing sixth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Griffith wore a large he scores on his second attempt on Saturday to advance to the final on Monday. After scratching on his opening effort, Griffith jumped 53 feet, 3.75 inches on his second attempt. That put him in fifth place, the top 12 advanced to the final, and when Griffith's third attempt joined him in eighth place and guaranteed advancement, he passed in that jump.
Who: Phyllis Francis
What: Top three in each heat + next two advance faster to finals (6/20 – 7:06 pm)
Result : A semi-final time of 52.12 was good for seventh place, and the 2017 world champion failed to advance to Sunday's final.
7:51 p.m. – Women's 100 meters | final
Who: English Gardner, Jenna Prandini
Result : A tough spring for the Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA Outdoor 100 meter champion Gardner contributed to sixth place Saturday in the women's final of 100.
Gardner, who won five national titles in total while racing at Oregon from 2010-13, was overwhelmed with emotions after running 11.16 seconds Saturday night and finishing outside of the top three, earning him places in the Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Prandini finished fourth in the final with 11.11 seconds, the best of the season; will be back on track when qualifying in the 200 begins on Thursday.