Hobbs Wins Corbett Award for 2017-18

by Aaron Hyder
Hobbs Wins Corbett Award for 2017-18

Baton Rouge, La. Aleia Hobbs was named the 2017-18 recipient of the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Corbett Award on Saturday afternoon. The Corbett Award is presented to the most outstanding amateur male and female athletes in Louisiana each year.

Hobbs will be presented with the Corbett Award on Aug. 4 as part of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Hobbs’ 2018 season on the track was one of the most historic in history as she became the first woman since 1991 to win the 60 meter NCAA title indoors, the 100 meter NCAA title outdoors and the USATF 100 meter title in the same year.

A graduate of McMain High School, Hobbs put forth a legendary effort for her final season in the Purple and Gold. She won three national titles (60 meters, 100 meters and 4×100 meter relay) on the way to leading LSU to sixth-place finishes at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA meets.

During outdoors, Hobbs won the 100 meter dash title at the NCAA Championships with a time of 11.01 in the midst of a torrential downpour at Hayward Field. The 11.01 was run into a headwind and it was the fastest 100 meter dash run into a headwind in collegiate history. Before she claimed the 100 meter title, Hobbs served as the anchor leg of the 4×100 meter relay that claimed a national title with a readout of 42.25 seconds. The unquestioned greatest 4×100 meter relay in NCAA history, Hobbs was transcendental in helping the squad set the collegiate record with a time of 42.05 at the SEC Championships to claim gold.

When all was said and done with her 2018 collegiate season, Hobbs owned five of the top eight wind-legal 100 meter dashes in NCAA history. Her fastest wind-legal readout of the season came at the NCAA East Preliminaries in Tampa, Fla., when she dashed her way to a 10.90 in the preliminary rounds of the meet, which was a meet record. She won an individual title in the 100 meter dash at the SEC Championships with a meet and facility record clocking of 10.92 to help LSU finish second as a team.

Hobbs was an unblemished 15-0 in her primary races – 100 meter and 4×100 meter relay – on the outdoor circuit. Serving as the anchor leg of the 4×100 meter relay all season long, Hobbs helped the squad set the aforementioned collegiate record (42.05) and clock three of the top six times in NCAA history (42.05, 42.09, 42.25).

Hobbs not only broke records outdoors, but indoors too. You could say she jumped on the national stage in early March when she won her first career national title. Racing in the 60 meter dash at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas, Hobbs clocked a collegiate-record setting time of 7.07 to claim her gold medal.

After her collegiate season was over, Hobbs maintained spectacular form and won her first-career USATF outdoor national title with a readout of 10.91 seconds at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Her wind-legal season best of 10.90 is currently the fifth-fastest in the world for 2018.

The Corbett Award was created in 1967 and named in honor of the late James J. Corbett to commemorate his many contributions to intercollegiate athletics and specifically the Sugar Bowl. At the time of his death, Mr. Corbett was the Athletic Director at LSU. These awards are presented annually to the most outstanding amateur male and female athletes in the state of Louisiana. The Corbett recipients are selected each year by members of the New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Committee.