Powell Named Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete Of The Year; Allice Men's Coach Of The Year
June 19, 2006
2005-06 Honda Award winner Virginia Powell was named Pac-10 Female Track Athlete of the Year and Director of USC track and field Ron Allice was selected as the conference's men's Coach of the Year, it was announced today (June 19) by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen.
Powell repeated this season as the Pac-10 champion in the 100m hurdles and the 100m dash and also ran the first leg on USC's winning 4x100m relay team. Powell is only the second Pac-10 female athlete to double in the 100m and 100m HH in successive seasons, joining Gail Devers. She also became just the second Pac-10 female athlete to win the 100m dash title three times, joining Chryste Gaines.
Following the Pac-10 Championships, she went on to win the 100m HH, place second in the 100m dash and help win the women's 4x100m relay at the NCAA West Regional.
The senior saved her best for last, though, setting the collegiate record in the 100m HH in the NCAA Championship semi-finals with a time of 12.55, and then broke that mark in winning the title with a new record of 12.48. She also ran the first leg in USC's 4x100m relay team that placed third with a school-record time of 42.96.
Allice, who earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors for the fifth time, guided the Trojan men's team to the Pac-10 title, his fourth in 12 seasons at USC. The women's team placed third at the Pac-10 Championships. He then led both squads to NCAA West Regional titles and guided the women to a second-place finish and the men a ninth-place tie at the NCAA Championships.
The USC men's and women's track and field teams both finished in the top 10 in the nation for the second consecutive season, a feat matched only by Texas.