Cockrell Named Pac-12 T&F Women's Freshman Of The Year

    May 17, 2017

    USC freshman hurdler Anna Cockrell was named the 2017 Pac-12 Track & Field Women’s Freshman of the Year it was announced by the conference today (May 17).

    Cockrell, from Charlotte, N.C., took second place in both the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 13.06 (+0.5) and in the 400m hurdles with a time of 55.54 at the Pac-12 Championships held May 13-14 in Eugene, Ore. She also ran the third leg on USC’s winning 4x400m relay which won with a meet-record time of 3:29.52. Cockrell was the highest-scoring freshman at the conference meet, totaling 18.5 points.

    In her first 400m hurdles race as a Trojan, Cockrell set the USC freshman record with a time of 55.51 at the Battle on the Bayou in Louisiana on April 8. Her time that day ranks fourth on USC’s all-time list in the event and is the third-fastest time by a collegian this season. She broke the USC freshman record of 56.49 set by 2016 Olympic gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad in 2009.

    Cockrell has also excelled in the 100m hurdles as she ran a PR of 12.91 (+1.1) to win at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on April 30. That time ranks fifth on USC’s all-time 100m hurdles list and currently ranks ninth among all college hurdlers.

    Cockrell becomes the first Trojan woman to win the award since 2007 when Trojan teammates Shalina Clarke and Shana Woods were co-winners. USC’s only other Women’s Freshman of the Year award winner, which began in 2000, was Virginia Powell in 2003.