Hobbs Receives Amateur Award from Sugar Bowl
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s SEC Champion and All-American sprinter Aleia Hobbs was recognized by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee in conjunction with the Allstate Sugar Bowl once again on Monday with the title of Outstanding Female Amateur of New Orleans for the 2016-17 athletic season.
Hobbs, who was previously named the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month in April, was announced along with other award winners as the top amateur athletes from the metro area.
Hobbs is among 23 individuals and three teams to be honored as part of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet to be held Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee has recognized the top amateur athletes from the New Orleans area and around the state of Louisiana for the past 61 years since its inception in 1957.
Hobbs set herself apart from other amateur athletes from the Greater New Orleans area during a tremendous junior season on the track in 2017 as she was crowned an SEC Champion three times in the 60-meter dash indoors and 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay outdoors. She also captured All-America honors with fifth place in the 100-meter dash at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
A product of Eleanor McMain High School, Hobbs currently stands as the World’s No. 5-ranked 100-meter sprinter on the women’s side for the 2017 season with a seasonal-best and personal-best run of 10.85 seconds at the SEC Relays back on April 29. She was named the SEC Women’s Runner of the Week four-straight times in the month of April en route to her selection as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month.
Hobbs ended her season with her first ever appearance in the 100-meter final at the USA Track & Field Championships on June 23 when she finished seventh nationally in Team USA’s World Championship trials.