Former Willingboro star Issac Williams is the No. 1 collegiate hurdler in the nation, thanks to his school-record 7.72 over the 42-inch 60-meter hurdles at the Houston Indoor Opener on Jan. 9.
Williams actually shares the NCAA No. 1 ranking with Dondre Echols of South Carolina, who ran 7.72 at the Armory over the weekend, and Sebastian Barth of Northern Iowa, who ran 7.72 in a meet in Cedar Falls, Iowa, also over the weekend.
Full NCAA Division 1 rankings are here.
Williams’ PR coming into the season was a 7.85 at last year’s Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
Williams ranks No. 18 in the world, according to the IAAF rankings, and No. 8 among U.S. men.
The fastest time ever recorded by a New Jersey hurdler indoors is 7.46, by Olympian and Franklin Township High graduate Jeffrey Porter, last Feb. 1, in Mondeville, France.
Williams, now undefeated in four meets this winter, was a second-team All-America last year after winning the American Athletic Conference 110 highs title last spring and going on to place 11th at NCAAs.
At Willingboro, Williams was second to Trenton’s Jermaine Collier in both indoor and outdoor Meet of Champions.
Houston’s track complex is named after nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, another Willingboro High School graduate.