Woman of Troy
Ginnie Crawford — then Powell — attended the University of Southern California on a track scholarship, and from the moment she became a Trojan, she knew she was in the right place.
“Everybody who is a Trojan is so gung-ho about being a Trojan,” she said of attending USC. “It’s a very close knit circle so when I got there it was like, ‘Ok I’m going to get the best of both worlds here.’ They have a great track team and great academics as well.”
Her college highlights, which follow below, are still documented on the USC Athletics Web Site.
SENIOR YEAR: Senior All-American Virginia Powell comes off a phenomenal season and looks to move her name up in the record books. She’s not only an elite hurdler–she is emerging as an outstanding sprinter as well. She enters this season ranked fourth in the U.S. among women’s 100m hurdlers.
2005: Powell won both the NCAA 60m indoor hurdles and the 100m outdoor hurdle titles…Along the way she broke her school record in the 100m HH with a time of 12.73 in the prelims at the NCAA Championships…She bettered that mark and tied the collegiate record (Gail Devers) with a time of 12.61 in the 100m HH at the U.S. Track and Field Championships on June 26…She won virtually every 100m HH event she entered, meaning she won the Pac-10 (12.70) and NCAA West Regional (12.81) titles in the event, as well at the NCAA championship (12.80)…In the 100m dash, Powell ran a wind-aided season best of 11.15 at the UCLA Dual Meet on April 30…She won the event at the Pac-10s with a personal best of 11.28 (6th fastest in USC history), winning for the second straight season and the sixth time a Trojan woman has won the event in the last seven years…As part of USC’s 4x100m relay team, she took first place at the Pac-10s with a time of 43.66 (6th all-time at USC) and first at the NCAA West Regional with a time of 44.03…Advanced to the semi-finals of the 100m HH at the U.S. Track and Field Championships…She was a Honda Award Finalist for the top collegiate female track and field athlete of 2005.
2004: Powell didn’t repeat as a hurdles All-American as a sophomore, but she did add a sprint crown to her resume as she won the Pac-10 100m title in a PR 11.32…Her time was the sixth-fastest mark in USC history…She also equaled her then-school record by running 13.07 to place third in the 100m HH at the Pac-10s…She won the dual meet 100m in 11.46 and placed second in the hurdles in 13.50… At the NCAA West Regionals, she took second in the 100m (11.45) and second in the 100m HH (13.14)…She ran 13.26 in her heat of the 100m hurdles at the NCAA Championships, but did not advance to the finals.
2003: As just a true freshman, Powell earned All-American honors in the 100m HH when she finished sixth at the NCAA Championships in a school-record time of 13.07, breaking the old mark of 13.14 shared by Patty Van Wolvelaere and Sau Ying Chan…The mark was fifth on the all-time Pac-10 list and was the best by a Pac-10 athlete that season…Finished ahead of such veteran hurdlers as Sheena Johnson and Angela Whyte…Steadily lowered her times as the season went on, running 13.56 at the UCLA Dual Meet (placing fourth), 13.47 at the Pac-10s (finishing fifth), 13.31 at the NCAA West Regionals (placing third) and the season-capping school-record race at the NCAA Championships…Was also a mainstay on USC’s 400m relay, usually running the leadoff leg…Displayed excellent speed in the 100m, running a PR 11.52 to finish second in the 100m at the Pac-10s, a time she matched later with an 11.52 in the prelims of the NCAA West Regionals…For her efforts, she was named the 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
CAREER BESTS: 100m HH — 12.48; 100m — 11.10