USC's Anna Cockrell Named CoSIDA Academic Team Member Of The Year For Track & Field
Olympian and 2021 NCAA 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles champion Anna Cockrell was named the 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-America Women's Team Member of the Year for Track & Field and Academic All-America first team, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today (Aug. 12). Also, sprinter TeeTee Terry was named to the women's Academic All-America second team, distance runner George Gleason to the men's second team and thrower Matthew Katnik to the men's third team.
Cockrell repeats as both CoSIDA Academic Team Member of the Year for Track & Field and Academic All-America first team. She is the only Trojan to be named Team Member of the Year since the inception of the honor in 1996.
Cockrell, who broke her own USC 400m hurdles record with a time of 53.70 to place third at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on June 27, advanced all the way to the finals of the 400m hurdles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Reaching the Olympic finals capped an amazing season in which Cockrell won the NCAA 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles titles to help lead USC to its second team title in the last three seasons. She also became just the second woman athlete to ever win the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles titles in the same season (Queen Harrison of Virginia Tech, 2010). She originally set the school 400m hurdles record with a time of 54.68 in the NCAA finals.
Cockrell earned a Master's in Public Policy, Certificate in Public Policy Advocacy (4.00 GPA), after earning undergraduate degree in Communication with a minor in Political Science (3.98 GPA). The Charlotte, N.C. native was named the 2021 Pac-12 Women's Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year on May 16, then went out and won the Pac-12 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles titles that day to help lead USC to its third consecutive conference team championship. The four-time team captain also competed in the 100m hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Team Trial in Eugene, Ore. where reached the finals and finished fifth.
Terry, a graduate student in Entrepreneurship and Innovation with a 3.83 GPA, was named to the women's Academic All-America second team, following a first-team selection in 2020. The Miami, Fla. native placed second in the 100m with a wind-aided time of 10.79 (+2.2w) and fifth in the 200m with a time of 22.69 (+0.2) at the 2021 NCAA Track and Field Championships. Terry became USC's highest woman finisher in the 100m since 2002 and became a three-time All-American in the event. Terry also won the Pac-12 100m title with a Loker Stadium record, won the 200m and anchored the second-place 4x100m relay to earn Co-Women's Athlete of the Meet at the conference championships. She also was named the 2021 West Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year as she bettered her school record and ran the fourth-fastest women's 100m dash all-time of 10.89 (+1.3) in the NCAA quarterfinal at the West Preliminary Rounds in College Station, Texas on May 29. She set the E.B. Cushing Stadium record in the 100m and also in the 200m, running a personal-best of 22.54 (+0.1) to advance out of the West Prelims first in that event, too. The two-time team captian now ranks first in the 100m and tied for fifth in the 200m on USC's all-time list. Terry finished 10th in the 100m with a time of 11.04 (+2.5w) at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Gleason, a graduate student in Project Management with a 4.0 GPA, ran only the 2021 season for USC, but etched his name in the record books. Gleason had a time of 14:12.16 in the men's 5000m race which ranks third all-time by a Trojan and a time of 3:44.15 in the 1500m which ranks fifth on USC's all-time list. Gleason won the 1500m at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet to help lead USC to the team title and placed 13th in the event at the Pac-12 Championships.
Katnik, a graduate student in Entrepreneurship and Innovation with a 3.68 GPA, placed ninth in the men's shot put at the NCAA Championships and took second in the event at the Pac-12 Championships. Katnik set the USC shot put record with a mark of 68-1.50 (20.76m) to win the 2021 USC-UCLA Dual Meet shot put competition. Katnik also ranks third on USC's all-time indoor shot put list with a best throw of 64-9.75 (19.75m). The four-time team captain placed 13th in the shot put at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
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