Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jordy Williamsz One to Watch for 2013 -- Runner's Tribe

Villanova's 3:36 1500 meter man Jordy Williamsz was ranked #4 in Australia last year, and all three ahead of him -- Ryan Gregson, Collis Birmingham and Jeff Riseley -- were Olympians. Australia's premier running website Runner's Tribe has just released a list of athletes to watch for 2013 and Williamsz is prominently on the list:

Jordan Williamsz (800m, 1500m) (born 21/08/92)

2012 saw Williamsz improve from being a 3.40.96 1500m runner to a 3.36.74 athlete, ranking him 4th in Australia behind the likes of Ryan Gregson, Collis Birmingham and Jeff Riseley (all Olympic athletes). It was a dramatic improvement for the 20 year-old from Victoria, and he will now look forward to a big year in the US College system representing Villanova University. Although we won’t see him competing in Australia across the domestic season, there will be many watching his every movement in the US as he attempts to close in on the ‘A’ qualifier for Moscow of 3.35.00.

ps: #5 on the Aussie deep list at 1500 meters last year was Villanova's Sam McEntee. Both Williamsz and McEntee will be cognizant of the world championships "A" qualifier of 3:35.00. McEntee is running the 3000 meters this weekend at the Penn State National, while Williamsz looks likely to anchor the DMR.

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