USC Hauls In Half Of the Pac-12 T&F Yearly Honors|
May 20, 2015
USC's Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert was named the 2015 Pac-12 Women's and Men's T&F Coach of the Year, Andre De Grasse was tabbed as the Men's Track Athlete of the Year and Marquis Morris was selected as the Men's Freshman of the Year in the Pac-12 by a vote the conference's head coaches it was announced today (May 20). USC earned four of the eight Pac-12 awards, with Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Oregon claiming one each.
Smith Gilbert led both the USC men's and women's teams to a second-place finish at the 2015 Pac-12 T&F Championships with her squad winning more event titles (13) than any other school. The women's team won seven event titles and scored 182 points, the most ever for a second place team. The men's team won six events and finished with 121 points, the most by a second-place team since the 2010 season.
Since taking over the program before the 2013-14 school year, Smith Gilbert has already won two indoor and one outdoor USTFCCCA West Region Women's Coach of the Year Awards and two MPSF Women's Coach of the Year Awards and two Pac-12 Coach of the Year Awards. Currently, the USC women's team is ranked No. 2 and the men's team is ranked No. 6 in the country.
The junior De Grasse turned heads this weekend at the Pac-12 Championships by winning the 100m title in 9.97 seconds and winning the 200m title with a time of 20.05, after running 20.03 in the prelims. He also ran a leg for USC's winning 4x100m relay which clocked 39.17. For his efforts, De Grasse was named the Pac-12 Men's Track Athlete of the Meet. De Grasse's 100m time of 9.97 broke the USC school record, the Pac-12 Meet record and set the UCLA Drake Stadium record. His best 200m time of 20.03 is a Canadian record and ties him for second on USC' all-time list.
The freshman Morris continued to demonstrate his season-long improvement by winning the Pac-12 110m HH title with a wind-legal best of 13.95. He was one of two Pac-12 freshman male athletes to claim a conference title. Earlier in the year Morris ran a wind-aided 13.80 in the 110m HH which is the second-fastest by a conference athlete this season to win at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet. He also won the 400m IH that day with a PR of 52.78 to help USC defeat UCLA 82-81.