Four Trojans Earn 2024 USTFCCCA Indoor West Region Awards

Four Trojans Earn 2024 USTFCCCA Indoor West Region Awards

Track & Field | March 15, 2024

USC’s long jumper Johnny Brackins Jr. was named Men’s Field Athlete of the Year, hurdler Jasmine Jones Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, Quincy Watts Men’s Coach of the Year and Joanna Hayes Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year in the West Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on March 14.  

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year: Johnny Brackins Jr.

Brackins Jr, from Kansas City, Mo., ranked No. 2 among collegians in the 2024 indoor season with a jump of 27-0 (8.23m). He won the 2024 USATF Indoor long jump title with his 27-0.00 (8.23m) jump on Feb. 17 which qualified him for the 2024 World Indoor Championships.  Brackins Jr. finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a jump of 26-3.50 (8.01m), despite being limited to two jumps due to competing in the 60m hurdles final, where he placed second.

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year: Jasmine Jones

Jones, from Atlanta, Ga., won the NCAA 60m H title with a USC-record time of 7.77, which ranks third on the NCAA all-time list.  She had the No. 1 collegiate, No. 2 USA and No. 5 time in the world this indoor season. She won all collegiate 60m H races she competed in this season. Jones also ran the second leg on USC’s 4x400m relay which had a time of 3:27.62 to take second at the 2024 NCAA Indoor Championships, with Jones credited with a 51.24 leg. The relay time ranks fourth on USC’s all-time list.  Jones took second in the hurdles at the 2024 USATF Indoor Championships with a time of 7.78 to qualify for the World Indoor Championships.

Men’s Head Coach: Quincy Watts

Watts, in his third year as Director of Track & Field and Cross Country, led the Trojans to an eighth-place finish at the 2024 NCAA DI Indoor Track & Field Championships.  Trojan athletes earned eight First-Team All-America honors. During the season USC’s all-time lists saw major changes as Johnny Brackins Jr. set the USC long jump record and the Trojans posted six other marks which rank second on USC’s all-time lists. Brackins Jr. won the USATF long jump title and qualified for the World Championships.

Men’s Assistant Coach: Joanna Hayes

Hayes, in her fourth year as assistant coach at USC and eighth with the program, guided hurdlers Johnny Brackins Jr. and Di’Niko Bates to No. 1 and No. 5 in the West Region.  Brackins Jr….

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