LSU Track & Field, 2017-18 Corbett Award
Aleia Hobbs has become a regular honoree for the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee. Her first recognition was as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month in July of 2014 when she won the 100-meter dash and keyed her New Era Track Club’s 4×100 relay victory at the USATF Junior Olympic Championships in Texas. She added two more monthly honors from the group and last year, she was recognized as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Year.
As the career arc for the McMain High School graduate has continued to rise, so have her awards. After a legendary senior year competing for the LSU Track & Field team, Hobbs has been selected for the Female Corbett Award, presented to the top amateur athlete in the state of Louisiana.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be selected as the top athlete in Louisiana,” Hobbs said. “I hope my accomplishments help to pave a way for our youth and I can serve as motivation for them.”
In a circle of sorts, Hobbs earned the prestigious Corbett Award for the same reason she won her first monthly honor – championships in the 100-meter dash and the 4×100-meter relay. However, this time around, the titles came on a much larger stage.
The nine-time All-American captured the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the 100-meter dash with a time 11.01 seconds in the midst of a heavy rainstorm and into a headwind – it was the fastest 100-meter dash into a headwind in collegiate history. In addition, she anchored the LSU 4×100 relay team that posted the fastest time in collegiate history (42.05) at the SEC Championships before keying the team’s NCAA Championship in the event.
Prior to her double wins at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Hobbs had also won the NCAA Indoor Championship in the 60-meter dash with an NCAA record time of 7.07. Once outdoor season started, Hobbs became dominant. She set a meet record and facility record in the 100-meter dash in the preliminary heat of the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships (10.93) and then broke that mark at 10.92 as she won her second straight conference title in that event. At the NCAA East Regional Championships in Tampa, she accomplished the same feat, setting a meet and facility record with a 10.98 in the prelims before shattering that mark with a 10.90 in the finals. Her 10.90 mark was the second-fastest in the world to that point in 2018 and the third-fastest wind-legal time in NCAA history. To top things off, she won the USATF outdoor national title in the 100-meter dash to become the first woman since 1991 to win the NCAA title and U.S. national title in the 100-meter dash.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Hobbs said on the podium after the race. “This season was the best season I’ve had in my life. To finish it out with this title is just a blessing.”
Hobbs has also been recognized as the USTFCCCA Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and is one of 10 semifinalists for the Bowerman Award, which is presented to the top collegiate athlete in track and field each December. She won a combined 20 races between indoors and outdoors in 2018 and posted four of the top eight wind-legal 100-meter dash times in NCAA history.
“She’s been such a great representative for LSU and we will miss her,” said LSU track and field coach Dennis Shaver. “When you take a step back and look at what she has achieved this season, the times and all-time ranks are astounding. She will go down as one of the most accomplished sprinters in NCAA history.”
Since graduation, Hobbs has moved into the professional circuit, competing in Diamond League meets in Europe this summer. Her future plans are to continue to progress and to continue to expand her collection of medals.