Pac-10 Announces Men's and Womens Track & Field Post Season Honors

8, 2003

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NILSSON AND WILSON NAMED ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
POWELL and SIMMS NAMED FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
USC's ALICE AND UCLA's BOLDEN TAKE COACHING HONORS

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Ryan Wilson of USC was named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Year, while Lena Nilsson of UCLA was named Pac-10 Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

USC's Allen Simms was honored as the Pac-10 Men's Track and Field Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, and Virginia Powell of USC was named the Pac-10 Women's Track and Field Freshman/Newcomer of the Year. Also announced were the Conference Coach of the Year honors. USC's Ron Allice garnered Men's Coach of the Year honors, while UCLA's Jeanette Bolden was named the Women's Coach of the Year.

In Allice's ninth season at USC, he guided his men's team to the Pac-10 Championship, edging two time defending champion STANFORD 139-128. He also led USC to a third-place finish and its highest point total at the NCAA's since 1977. His women's team finished fourth and 13th, respectively.

Bolden claimed her seventh consecutive women's coaching honor and her ninth in the last 10 years. UCLA won its seventh consecutive Pac-10 title, and 14th overall, with a 155-140 victory over Stanford. The Bruin women also finished eighth at the NCAA Championships.

Nilsson, a junior from Vallentuna, Sweden, won the 800m (2:03.86) and set a new meet record in the 1500m (4:13.21), becoming the Pac-10's individual winner for two consecutive years. At the NCAA Championships she took second in the 1500m (4:09.86). Nilsson earner her first outdoor All-American honor this season and her third overall, including indoor and cross country.

Wilson, an All-American senior from Gahanna, Ohio, won both the 110m hurdles (13.42) and 400m hurdles (49.33) for the second consecutive year at the Pac-10 Championships. He also won the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Championships with a personal best 13.35, just shy of Mark Crear's school record of 13.33.

Simms, a sophomore from Greenbelt, Md., and a Pac-10 record holder in the triple jump, finished second in both the long jump (7.94/26-0.75) and triple jump (16.37/53/8.50) at the Pac-10 Championships. His long jump of 8.02/26-3.75 was tops in the Conference this season. At the NCAA Championship he finished seventh in the long jump (7.69/25-2.75) and third in the triple jump (16.90/55-5.50).

Powell, a freshman from Seattle, Wash., finished second in the 100m (11.52) running a personal best and placed fifth in the 100m hurdles (13.47) at the Pac-10 Championships. As the only freshman in the 100m hurdle finals at the NCAA Championships, Powell placed sixth (13.07) to break the USC school record .

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