Powell And Williams Garner USTFCCCA Honors

June 16, 2006

USC graduating seniors Virginia Powell and Jesse Williams today (June 16) were named the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women's Track Athlete of the Year and Men's Field Co-Athlete of the Year respectively in a vote following last weekend's NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships held in Sacramento, Calif.

Powell won the 2006 NCAA 100m hurdles title, twice breaking the collegiate record. In the semi-finals, she won her race with a time of 12.55, which broke the record she had co-held with Gail Devers (1988) of 12.61. Then in winning the finals, Powell broke her own record with a time of 12.48 to establish a new collegiate record. That is also the fastest time in the world this year.

The 2006 Honda Award winner for track and field did not lose a hurdles race in her final two seasons, along the way winning the 100m hurdles title twice in the Pac-10, NCAA West Regional and NCAA Championships, as well as twice winning the NCAA Indoor 60m hurdles title. Powell also set the women's collegiate record with a time of 7.84 in winning the 2006 indoor crown.

Williams also completed a sweep of the men's high jump title each of the last two seasons, winning the NCAA indoor and outdoor championship, the NCAA West Regional and the Pac-10 titles both in 2005 and 2006.

In winning the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championship in the high jump, Williams bettered his school record with a jump of 7-7 1/4 (2.32m). That height is tied with Svatoslav Tan of The Czech Republic for the top jump in the world this year.

Williams shares 2006 USTFCCCA Male Field Athlete of the Year honors with Florida State's Garrett Johnson who won the NCAA shot put title.

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