USC's TeeTee Terry, Caryl Smith Gilbert, Quincy Watts Earn West Region Honors
TeeTee Terry was named West Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year, Caryl Smith Gilbert West Region Women's Coach of the Year and Quincy Watts West Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year it was announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) today (June 4).
Terry, Smith Gilbert and Watts were all instrumental in the Trojans winning their third consecutive Pac-12 team title, the team qualifying in 20 events for the NCAA Championships and for the current No. 2 team ranking.
Terry, from Miami, Fla., ran the fourth-fastest women's 100m dash of 10.89 (+1.3) off all-time by a college woman in the NCAA quarterfinal at the West Preliminary Rounds in College Station, Texas on May 29. She was tops in the event coming out of the region and her time is currently second among all U.S. women and fifth among women's 100m runners in the world. She set the E.B. Cushing Stadium record in the 100m and also in the 200m, running a personal-best of 20.54 (+0.1) to advance out of the West Prelims first in that event too. She now ranks first in the 100m and tied for fifth in the 200m on USC's all-time list.
Terry won her third consecutive Pac-12 100m sprint title with a Loker Stadium record-time (11.10), won the 200m and anchored the second-place 4x100m relay at the Conference Meet from May 14-16 and earned Women's Co-Athlete of the Meet for her 22.0 points scored. Terry is also one of 10 athletes currently up for The Bowerman, the award given to the top women's track and field athlete each season.
Smith Gilbert is in her eighth season as the Director of Track & Field at USC and has been named West Region Women's Coach of the Year for indoors or outdoors 10 times. She guided the USC women's team to its third consecutive Pac-12 team title and the men's team to an impressive second-place finish. USC athletes combined to win 15 Pac-12 titles and in her seven Pac-12 Championships have won 75 individual titles. She won her third consecutive Pac-12 Women's Coach of the Year award and fifth of her career.
Smith Gilbert had 15 women's athletes in 18 events plus both relay teams qualify for the NCAA Championships. She has kept the USC women's team ranked within the top five all season. Her athletes posted 17 all-time top 10 times or marks in the USC record books this season, including two school records.
Watts, in his eighth season with the Trojans, coached five USC women's athletes to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 400m, after having seven reach the NCAA quarterfinals in the event. During the season, Kaelin Roberts ran the second-fastest time in USC history of 50.82, Kyra Constantine the fourth-fastest of 51.16, Bailey Lear the fifth-fastest of 51.21 and Nicole Yeargin the tied for sixth-fastest of 51.39. Constantine won the Pac-12 title in the event with her time of 51.16 on May 16. Athletes coached by Watts scored 52 of the winning 162.5 points by the Trojans at the Pac-12 Championships.
Watts also worked with USC's women's 400m hurdlers Anna Cockrell and Breanna Bernard-Joseph, both NCAA Championship qualifiers. Cockrell, the defending NCAA champion in the event, won her third consecutive Pac-12 400m hurdles title and set the school record with a time of 54.77 at the Pac-12 Championships, the current NCAA leader. In addition, the 4x400m relay team qualified second out of the West Preliminary Rounds with a time of 3:26.37, third on USC's all-time list. Watts was also named the 2021 NCAA West Indoor Women's Assistant Coach of the Year and has won West Region honors four times.