The accolades continue to roll in for USC sprinter Bryshon Nellum, who received the honor of being named the 2013 Pac-12 Male Track Athlete of the Year on Thursday, announced by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.
He will add this recognition to that of being named the 2013 National Men’s Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), an honor he received on June 12.
Nellum’s road to vindication has been long charted; the redshirt senior was shot in the leg during his freshman year in 2008 at USC, and was told he would never run again. Four years of grueling rehab and training later, Nellum returned to the track in dramatic fashion. He ultimately went on to represent USC in the Pac-12 Championships, NCAA Championships and even earned himself a spot on the United State’s 2012 London Olympic team. He and Team USA’s 4x400m team brought home the silver medal, and Nellum got to be the flag bearer in the closing ceremonies.
But he wasn’t done yet. In this same calendar year, Nellum has continued to light up the track and his efforts have not gone unnoticed. The redshirt senior won the NCAA 400m title (44.73) and placed third in the 200m final at last week’s NCAA Championships at Oregon, earning him first team All-America honors in both events. His 400m time was not only a personal best for Nellum, but was also the fastest time run by a collegiate runner so far this year. In the 200m, His best time this season of 20.23 saw him win the Pac-12 title in the event, and ranks him third all-time in USC’s record books.
According to USCTrojans.com, when Nellum claimed the Pac-12 Championships titles in both the 200m and 400m, he became just the second conference male athlete to accomplish the feat. He finished the season undefeated against collegians in five finals at 400m and won three of four finals in the 200m.