Written by Dave Dulberg, USC blog contributor
It's already been quite a year for USC's redshirt senior Nia Ali and we are only six months in.
Today, Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott officially put the cherry on top of what was truly a sensational 2011 season for the Philadelphia, PA native, naming her this year's Pac-10 Female Track Athlete of the Year.
Just a few of her many accomplishments this past season include: the 2011 NCAA title in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.63w (+2.1) earlier this month in Des Moines, IA, the 2011 Pac-10 title in the 100m high hurdles with a time of 12.77 (2nd all-time among USC females in the event) on May 14th and a second place finish in the high jump at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships clearing the bar at 6-1.25 (also 2nd all-time among USC females in the event).
Although her collegiate campaign ended earlier this month, the Bowerman Award finalist (top collegiate track athlete) competed at the U.S. Championships in Eugene, OR over the weekend. She finished in fifth place in 100m hurdles final.
With today's announcement, Ali joins fellow esteemed Trojans Virginia Powell (2006) and Inger Miller (1994) as the only females in school history to win the prestigious award.