Smith Gilbert & Harris Earn West Region Honors|
June 9, 2014
USC's first-year Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert was named the West Region Women's Head Coach of the Year and senior hurdler Aleec Harris was named the West Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) today (June 9).
Smith Gilbert led the USC women's track and field team to a second-place finish at the 2014 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships in Pullman, Wash. on May 17-18. The Trojan women won seven individual titles, more than any other conference school, including two more than the winning Oregon Ducks team.
The USC women's team has qualified seven individual athletes in nine events and both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams for the NCAA Track & Field Championships being held in Eugene, Ore. from June 11-14. During the season, USC women have posted 15 times or marks which made the Trojans' all-time top 10 lists.
Smith Gilbert was also honored as the West Region Women's Head Coach of the Year for the indoor season when she guided the Trojans to the MPSF title in USC's first season in the conference.
Harris became the collegiate leader in the 110m high hurdles with a wind-legal 13.18 at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Fayetteville, Ark. on May 31. His time was the second-fastest 110m HH time by a college athlete ever, trailing only Renaldo Nehemiah's 13.00 set in 1979. Harris also broke the Pac-12 record of 13.22 set by Greg Foster in 1978.
Harris also won the 2014 Pac-12 110m HH title with a time of 13.35 which set the meet record and broke the Washington State track record. Harris won at the Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 13.32 on April 19 to set the USC school record, which he bettered at the regional. Harris had the fastest time in six of his seven meets this season. He will compete in the 110m HH as well as run leadoff for the USC men's 4x100m relay team at the NCAA Track & Field Championships this week in Oregon.