The Big Ten Championships are set to begin Friday at 10 a.m. (CT)
Shellene Williams is in her first season as interim assistant coach with the University of Iowa women's track and field program. She will be assisting with the sprint group.
Williams made a strong impact on the University of Iowa women's sprinting events in a short time. She was an all-American in the 400 meters in 2004, and four-time Big Ten champion at Iowa (2003-04). She is one of only four student-athletes in school history to win at least four Big Ten titles during a career, and one of three to win two Big Ten titles at the same meet. Williams still holds outdoor school records in the 200 meters (23.50-2004) and as part of the 1,600-meter relay (3:36.26-2003), and also set the University of Iowa Recreation Building 400-meter record (54.17-2004). Six of her indoor marks and seven outdoor marks still rank in Iowa's all-time top 10.
She transferred to Iowa from Barton Community College, where she was a two-time all-American, two-time regional champion and part of the 2002 NJCAA national champion 400-meter relay team that set a national record of 43.84.
Williams has also been successful in international competition. She ran on the Jamaican 400-meter relay squad that placed third at the 2003 Pan American Games and on the 1,600-meter relay that placed third at the 2003 World Championships. She also placed sixth in the 400 meters at the 2003 Jamaican National Championships.
A native of Old Harbour, Jamaica, Williams was a four-time Jamaican National Junior team member who competed at the World Junior Athletic Championships and the CARIFTA Games. She earned a degree in communication studies from Iowa, and is currently pursuing a degree in student affairs.