USC's Anna Cockrell Named 2021 Honda Sports Award Winner For Track And Field
Anna Cockrell, winner of both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles at the 2021 NCAA Track & Field Championships, has been named the 2021 Honda Sport Award winner for Track and Field it was announced by the Collegiate Women's Sports Awards (CWSA) today (June 18). The Honda Sport Award is presented annually by the CWSA for the past 45 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics". The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2021 Honda Cup which will be presented on a telecast on CBS Sports Network, on June 28th, at 6 pm PT.
Cockrell becomes the 17th Trojan to earn a Honda Sports Award and joins Virginia Powell (2006) and Angela Williams (2002) as the only USC athletes to receive the honor for track and field. The last Trojan in any sport to be named a Honda Sport Award winner was Samantha Bricio of volleyball in 2016.
"I am so humbled, honored and excited to receive this prestigious award," said Cockrell. "This last week has felt like one dream come true after another. To be included in this year's class and amongst past winners is awe-inspiring. I owe so much gratitude to my family, coaches, and the entire track and field staff at USC for always supporting me and making these dreams possible."
Cockrell, from Charlotte, N.C., became just the second woman athlete to win both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles in the same season at the NCAA Championships meet to help lead USC to its second team title in the last three seasons. She won the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.58 and the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.68 on June 12. Her winning 400m hurdles time broke her school record, ranks seventh on the all-time Pac-12 list and made it two consecutive national titles in the event for Cockrell. Cockrell had a PR of 12.54 in the 100m hurdles semifinals which ranks third on USC's and the Pac-12's all-time list.
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The 2021 Pac-12 Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year was also a two-time winner at the Pac-12 Championships grabbing both the hurdles titles. Cockrell won her third consecutive Pac-12 400m hurdles title with a then-PR, USC-record and NCAA-leading time of 54.77. She also matched a then-season best with a time of 12.79 (+0.0) to win the women's 100m hurdles title.
Cockrell is currently at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore., set to compete in both hurdles events.