D. Williams to return, but not to run

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Devon Williams, The Sun's Athlete of the Year for the 2004-05 school year, is returning to Maryland, but she said she will not run cross country or track and field for a high school - public or private - here.

Williams - a junior who moved from Towson to Eugene, Ore., last year to train with Margo Jennings, who molded Olympic champion Maria Mutola - said she needs to take just three more courses to graduate by January.

Williams said she intends to enroll at a public high school near her family's home - "Parkville, Loch Raven, I don't know," she said - but will concentrate on her schoolwork and working out to earn a scholarship from a number of colleges recruiting her.

"I just want to take my classes and run fast times for college," said Williams, who, despite suffering a stress fracture in her right shin four weeks ago, has been pursued by Tennessee, LSU, Texas and UCLA. "I'm planning on relaxing and hanging out with my family. I'm not too worried about track right now."

Williams, a national-record holder as a freshman, finished her indoor track season ranked third nationally in the 500 meters and fifth in the 600, according to dyestat.com.

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