Atlanta Native claims first Major Championship
PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (July 13) — Andria King, a June graduate of Georgia Tech, captured her first major championship as she won the 100 meter hurdles gold medal at the World University Games July 10 in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands.
King, a native of Atlanta and a prep graduate of Marist School, was victorious in her first international competition, as she won the final in 13.04 seconds while running into a strong headwind that registered 2.8 meters per second. She captured heat No. 4 in 13.06 seconds to advance to the finals. In the championship race, she defeated rival Yolanda McCray of Miami (Fla.), who placed second in 13.08 seconds.
King, who finished as a five-time NCAA all-America, was the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Indoor and Outdoor MVP after winning five ACC individual titles. She was the 1999 NCAA runner-up in both the 60 meter hurdles during the Indoor season and the 100 meter hurdles during the Outdoor season.
Last month, she placed third in the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., in the 100 meter hurdles to represent the United States in the World Championships June 21-28 in Seville, Spain.
King plans to pursue a career in professional track after running in the World Championships.