Barton Williams

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Barton Williams (born September 20, 1956 in Mare Island, California) is an American former hurdler. He attended California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo) from 1975–1979. Williams is one of Cal Poly's all-time greatest track and field athletes.

Barton Williams is a member of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame. Bart Williams represented the U.S. in 10 international competitions, held several CAL POLY School record, including One NCAA Division II 400IH records. Barton Williams also recipient of the 2005 Distinguished alumnus Cal Poly Track & Field Award and California State Assembly Resolution Award For Outstanding Athlete 1979. Bart Williams was the cross country running coach at Vallejo High School in Vallejo, California for nine years. He has coached track at Contra Costa College in Richmond, CA for over twenty years. In 1979, Bart was one of few athletes to be All American in both NCAA Division I & II track and field events.In 1980, Barton Williams was the first athlete from Vallejo, CA to participate on an Olympic Team.[1] President Jimmy Carter decided to boycott the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, U.S.S.R. because the Soviet Union had invaded Afghanistan in December 1979. Barton Williams was an assistant coach for the U.S. World University Games team in China, in 2001. He coached the men's hurdles and the horizontal jumps.


  • Cal Poly Sport Hall of Fame: Inducted Oct 1998[2]
  • Cal Poly Cross Country and Track & Field Hall of Fame : Inducted January 12, 1991[3]
  • World & US Ranking from 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1987– Highest world Ranking 6th[4][5]
  • Qualified for USA Olympic Team 1980[6]
  • NCAA All American Ten times: 1976–1979
  • West Coast Relay College Most Outstanding Athletes 1979 Fresno, CA
  • Cal Poly Most Valuable- Barton Williams, Dan Aldridge, Jim Schankle 1979[3]
  • Cal Poly Most Valuable- Barton Williams, Jim Schankle 1978[7]

School records[edit]

  • Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo school records Holder in the 400 meter hurdles[3]
  • 400m – 4x100m relay – 4x400m relay – 4x200m relay – distance medley relay[3]
  • CCAA conference records Holder in the 400m, 200m, 4X100 RELAY, 4X400 RELAY, 1978[3]
  • CCAA conference champion 400m, 200m 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay 1978& 1979[3]
  • NCAA Division II champion and former recorder holder 400 meter hurdles, 1979[8]
  • NCAA Division II champion, 4x100 relay 1979[8]

USA teams[edit]


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  3. ^ a b c d e f Cal Poly Mustangs Track Guide 1983
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  6. ^ The United States Olympic Trials for Track and Field 1908–1992 by Richard Hymans, ATFS
  7. ^ Cal Poly Mustangs Track Guide 1979
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