Ali & Muhammad Honored At Out Of The Blocks Banquet

    Dec. 6, 2016

    2016 Olympic medalists Nia Ali and Dalilah Muhammad were honored at USC's 2017 Out of the Blocks Awards Banquet which celebrated the 2016 track and field season and previewed the upcoming campaign at The Town & Gown on campus on Dec. 4.

    The event recapped the successful 2016 season for the Trojans with the presentation of team awards and signified the beginning of the 2017 season which starts indoors on January 20 at the Rod McCravy Invite in Lexington, Ky. and outdoors on March 17 when USC hosts the Trojan Invitational. The 2016 award winners were as follows:

    Academic Excellence Awards -- Nicolaus Jakowec, Jaide Stepter

    Coaches Awards -- Diego Lopez, Lynsdey Lopes

    Most Improved -- Ricky Morgan Jr., Dominic Smallwood, Erika Peyton

    Freshman Impact Performance - Margaux Jones

    Mike Simmons Fight On Award -- Amalie Iuel

    Come Thru Awards -- Randall Cunningham, Nathan Bultman,Tanya Sapa & women's 4x100m relay (Destinee Brown, Deanna Hill, Alexis Faulknor and Tynia Gaither)



    Most Outstanding Woman Awards -- Tera Novy, Jaide Stepter

    Most Outstanding Male Athlete Award -- Randall Cunningham

    Most Valuable Awards - Adoree' Jackson, Deanna Hill, Tynia Gaither

    Heritage Awards -- Nia Ali, Dalilah Muhammad

    The 2017 Heritage Award winners Ali (USC, 2008-09, 2011) and Muhammad (USC, 2009-12) highlighted the event and they spoke about their journey from USC to becoming Olympic medalists and what the Trojan Family has meant to them. Heritage Award winners are chosen for their contributions to the great history and tradition of track and field at USC.

    Ali, a three-time All-American, the 2011 NCAA and conference 100m hurdles champion, won a silver medal in the 100m hurdles at the Rio Olympics. USA completed a sweep in the event, the first time ever the event had been swept by one country and only the seventh time ever any Summer Olympics event had been swept by one country. Ali, who graduated in 2011 with a degree in Psychology, also has won titles at the 2014 and 2016 World Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles.

    Muhammad, a four-time All-American, won the 400m hurdles gold medal at the 2016 Olympics, becoming the first American to ever win the event. Muhammad, who graduated from USC in 2012 with a degree in Business, also won the 400m hurdles title at the 2013 and 2016 USA Championships.