Janet Williams, Springfield (Mass.): NCAA DIII Athlete Hall of Fame, Class of 2021

Janet Williams placed second at the 1986 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships in Saint Paul, Minnesota – as a team, not just as an individual in one race.

Williams scored 36 points, by herself, to lead Springfield College to its best team finish in program history, regardless of division (The Pride primarily competed in NCAA Division II during Williams’ career. Williams won the 1985 NCAA DII 400H crown and earned several All-America honors in the 100H and heptathlon, among other events).

Then a senior – allowed to compete at the NCAA DIII meet, because the NCAA DII meet was cancelled – Williams finished no worse than third in each of the five events in which she competed at the NCAA DIII Indoor Championships. Williams won the 55H in an NCAA DIII-record 7.99 (also a meet record), placed runner-up in the 55, third in the high jump, third in the long jump and third in the triple jump.

Her name would be atop both the NCAA DIII and meet record books until 2001, when Rhondale Jones of Lincoln (Pa.) went 7.85 to win her last of three consecutive event crowns. Jones was inducted into the NCAA Division III Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame back in 2012.