Larry And White Named Pac-10 Track And Field Athletes Of The Year

June 23, 2008

Senior Lionel Larry and redshirt junior Corey White were named 2008 Pac-10 Track and Field Athletes of the Year today (June 23) it was announced by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen.

Larry was named the Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season as he successfully defended his conference 400m dash title with a time of 44.77 this season, then went on to place second at the NCAA Championships with a time of 44.63. Larry missed winning the 2008 NCAA 400m title by .01 seconds, after finishing second in 2007 by .02 seconds. Larry's time of 44.63 is the eighth fastest in Pac-10 history and ranks third all-time by a Trojan. Larry is the fourth Pac-10 athlete to win the award in consecutive seasons and the 10th Trojan to garner Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Year honors since the award was established in 1976.

White was named the Pac-10 Field Athlete of the Year as he won the conference javelin title with a throw of 241-8 (73.66m) at the Pac-10 Championships and then placed second at the NCAA Championships with a throw of 255-2 (77.79m), just two feet behind the winner. White set the USC record in the javelin and the second-best mark all-time in the Pac-10 with a toss of 267-10 (81.65m) at the Mt. SAC Relays in April. White joins Noah Bryant (2007) and Jesse Williams (2005) as Trojans winning the Pac-10 Field Athlete of the Year Award in its four-year existence.

Both Larry and White will be traveling to Eugene, Ore. to compete at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials which run June 27-July 6.

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