WVU track and field's Cassandra Williamson sets indoor 800 meter run school record at Big 12 Championship

The win earned Williamson her third program record and a new all-time personal best in the event.

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The accolades keep piling up for WVU women’s track and field athlete Cassandra Williamson.

This past weekend, the redshirt junior from Ajax, Ontario, Canada nabbed a sixth-place finish in the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field 800 meter championship race, earning All-Big 12 honors with the performance. But most notably, her altitude-adjusted time of 2:04.44 was good enough to claim the program all-time record in the indoor 800 meter event.

Williamson’s mark at the meet is also her all-time personal best in the event, including both indoor and outdoor finishes. The standout mid-distance runner claims her third program record with the performance -- she already had secured the outdoor 800 meter record during her 2022 campaign and the indoor 600-meter record earlier this season.

Williamson also competed on WVU’s 4x400 meter relay team at the event. The relay managed just a 13th-place finish but came within 0.33 seconds of knocking off a 26 year-old school record with their mark of 3:43.17. WVU head coach Sean Cleary highlighted Williamson’s performances in his praise of the team in an interview with WVUsports.com after the meet.

"I am very happy with the efforts of these young ladies that competed in this meet," Cleary said."The win in the DMR, a near miss with a school record in the 4x400 meter relay and an altitude-adjusted program record in the 800 meters were but a few of our highlights this weekend."

With her latest mark, Williamson currently has the 42nd-best indoor 800 meter mark in the NCAA and the fourth-best in the Mid-Atlantic region so far this season, and she should be poised to carry the momentum of her new personal best into the outdoor season.