June 5, 1998
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Notre Dame senior Errol Williams advanced to his first final of the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships on Friday with a time of 13.67, after reaching the semifinals in both 1995 and 1997. South Carolina’s Terrence Trammell won the heat in 13.56. Williams, a native of Lauderhill, Fla., will be looking win Notre Dame’s first individual NCAA outdoor track title since Aubrey Lewis won the 400-meter hurdles in 1956.
The BIG EAST champion in the 110-meter hurdles entered the championships with the fourth-best time of 13.65 of the 19-runner field and advanced to the semifinals with a time of 14.08 in Thursday’s trials. In the semifinals, which consisted of two heats of eight hurdlers, Williams finished behind Trammell, Texas A&M’s Larry Wade and Clemson’s Jeremichael Williams and will take the fourth-best time after the semifinals into Saturday’s final which will be run at 6:10 p.m. Wade has the top time of the eight finalists of 13.53 while Jeremichael Williams is third in 13.64.
Williams is making his third appearance in the NCAA 110-meter hurdles and first in the finals after qualifying for the race and advancing to the semifinals as a freshman in 1995 and a junior in 1997. He placed eighth in March at the NCAA indoor championships in 55-meter hurdles in his first appearance at the indoor championship.