Powell Is One Of Five Finalists For the 2006 USA Track & Field Jesse Owens Female Athlete Of The Year Award

Oct. 13, 2006

2006 USC graduate Virginia Powell is one of the five finalists for the USA Track and Field Jesse Owens Female Athlete of the Year Award. The winner of the prestigious award will be honored at the USATF Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind. on Dec. 2.

In her senior season at USC, Powell capped her outstanding Trojan career with an NCAA-record 12.48 clocking in the 100m hurdles, giving her the fastest 100m hurdles time ever by a college female. Earlier in the year, she had set the NCAA indoor record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.84. She also helped lead the Women of Troy to a second-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Championships, as well as the NCAA West title and a third-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships.

Powell won the sprint hurdles race in each of her last two seasons at the Pac-10, NCAA West, NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor Championships. In fact, she did not lose a single race as a Trojan in 2005 and 2006. In her professional debut two weeks later, Powell won the USATF 100m hurdles outdoor title.

For all of her exploits, Powell was named to the Track and Field Silver Anniversary Team by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the Female Track Athlete of the Year by the USFTCCCA, the 2006 Honda Award winner for track and field and Pac-10 Female Track Athlete of the Year.

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