Virginia Powell Named Honda Award Finalist

May 31, 2005

LOS ANGELES--USC's junior track and field star Virginia Powell has been selected as one of four finalists for the track and field Honda Collegiate Women Sports Award for the 2005 season.

Powell is the USC record holder in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 12.74 set on April 30 this season. She won the 60m crown at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships in March, placed first in the Pac-10 Championships in the 100m hurdles and the 100m dash, and won the NCAA West Regional 100m hurdles final this past weekend. Powell has the fastest collegiate time in the country this year in the 100m hurdles and posted the second fastest time in the 100m dash this season (11.15w). She will be competing in the 100m hurdles and as part of USC's 4x100m relay team in the NCAA Championships to be held in Sacramento from June 8-11.

The Honda Collegiate Women Sports Awards program is in its 29th year and recognizes the top woman collegiate athlete in each of 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. The Award winners in the 12 sports are nominees for The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, with the winner receiving The Honda-Broderick Cup. The Honda award winners are expected to be announced on June 10, with the Honda-Broderick Cup winner to be named on June 29. The awards program is sponsored by American Honda Motor Co., Inc., which donates $5,000 to each Honda Sports Award recipient school and $1,000 to each nominee school.

The other nominees for the Honda track and field award are Marshevet Hooker from Texas, Tianna Madison of Tennessee and Monique Henderson of UCLA. USC's Angela Williams won the track and field Honda Award and Honda-Broderick Cup in 2001-02.

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