Nellum Named 2013 Male Track Athlete Of The Year By The USTFCCCA
June 12, 2013
USC's Bryshon Nellum was named the 2013 National Men's Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) today (June 12).
The redshirt senior Nellum won the 400m dash title at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Eugene, Ore. last week with a collegiate-best time of 44.73. That time was a PR and improved his fourth place standing on USC's all-time list in the event. Nellum then came back to place third in the men's 200m dash finals with a wind-aided time of 20.27, just missing out on becoming the first male collegian to win both the 200m and 400m NCAA titles in the same season since 1951. In the semifinals Nellum posted a wind-aided PR of 19.99 which was the fastest all-conditions 200m performance by a collegian in 2013. His legal best 200m dash this season was 20.23 set in winning the Pac-12 title and ranks third all-time by a Trojan.
Nellum claimed the Pac-12 Championships titles in both the 200m and 400m, becoming just the second conference male to accomplish the feat. He finished the season undefeated against collegians in five finals at 400m and won three of four finals against collegians at 200m.
It was quite a calendar year for Nellum who made the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in the 400m in late June, then reached the Olympic semifinals in the 400m and earned a silver medal as a member of the 4x400m relay team in August, graduated in December, began his graduate degree in January and captured the Pac-12 200m and 400m crowns en route to being named the Pac-12 Championships Male Track Athlete of the Meet in May.
Indiana's Derek Drouin, a high jumper, was named the 2013 National Men's Field Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA. The Women's National Track Athlete of the Year was Clemson hurdler Brianna Rollins (who broke USC's Virginia Powell's NCAA 100m hurdle record) and the Women's National Field Athlete of the Year was Arizona high jumper Brigetta Barrett.