Track & Field
    USC's Ali Named 2011 Pac-10 Female Track Athlete Of The Year

    Ali shown here holding her NCAA 100m hurdles champion trophy.

    June 27, 2011

    USC redshirt senior Nia Ali was named the Pac-10 Female Track Athlete of the Year it was announced by Commissioner Larry Scott today (June 27).

    Ali won the 2011 NCAA 100m hurdles title with a time of 12.63w (+2.1) on June 11 in Des Moines, Ia. to help lead the USC women's team to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Her time was the second-fastest by any female in the U.S. at that time this season. Ali became USC's only individual champion this season and third ever in the event, joining Patty Van Wolvelaere (1977 and 1978) and Virginia Powell (2005 and 2006). Ali also placed sixth in the women's high jump at the NCAA Championships by clearing 5-10.75.

    Ali won the 2011 Pac-10 100m high hurdles title on May 14 with a time of 12.77 which bettered her second-place standing on USC' all-time list, trailing only NCAA record-holder Virginia Powell's 12.48. On the same day at the Pac-10 Championships, Ali placed second in the high jump with a clearance at 6-1.25 (1.86m) to move into second place on USC's all-time high jump list.

    Ali also ranks second all-time by a Trojan in the heptathlon when she scored 5,824 points at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships. That season she went on to place fourth in the event at the NCAA Championships and earn All-America honors.

    Ali, who is a Bowerman Award finalist for the top collegiate track athlete of the year, just competed at the USA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. and placed fifth in the finals of the women's 100m hurdles with a time of 12.76. In the preliminaries, Ali won her heat with a PR of 12.73.