BATON ROUGE -- LSU senior Trindon Holliday will line up in his final NCAA Championships this week as the favorite to win the 100-meter title, and it is his performance throughout the 2009 season that has earned him NCAA South Central Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year honors.
The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its regional awards on Monday afternoon, and Holliday became the second Tiger in a row to be named as the NCAA South Central Region Men’s Track Athlete of the Year.
He joins LSU great and Olympic silver medalist Richard Thompson as a recipient of the award as Thompson received the honor prior to his NCAA title run in the 100-meter dash a year ago.
Holliday, a native of Zachary, La., has clocked the nation’s fastest time in the 100-meter dash this season at 10.01 seconds, which is also a personal record in the event. He set his previous personal best of 10.02 in the semifinal round of the 100-meter dash at the NCAA Championships in 2007.
It has been a truly remarkable outdoor season for Holliday as he made history at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gainesville, Fla., one month ago. By winning the SEC title in the 100 meters with his seasonal best of 10.01 in the final, Holliday became the first LSU Tiger to win two career SEC titles in the event as he was also crowned conference champion in 2007.
He went on to capture his second career 100-meter crown at the NCAA Mideast Regional on May 30 by running a wind-aided time of 10.03 and automatically qualifying for the NCAA meet.
In addition to establishing himself as the NCAA favorite in the 100-meter dash, Holliday runs the anchor leg of the defending NCAA champion 4x100-meter relay team that enters the NCAA meet with the fourth-fastest time in the country this season at 38.86.
The four-day 2009 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships begins Wednesday at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark., as the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the 100-meter dash are scheduled that afternoon. If Holliday qualifies for the 100-meter final, he will race for his first career NCAA title in the event on Friday at 7:45 p.m. CT.