For the third consecutive year, senior hurdler Cassandra Lloyd has been selected as the Horizon League Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, it was announced Wednesday by the league office.
Lloyd (Springfield, OH/South) placed 19th overall in the 100 meter hurdles at the NCAA National Meet in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 7, with a time of 13.36. As a result, she was named as an Honorable Mention All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Her 100 meter hurdle time of 13.17 at the NCAA Regionals in Jacksonville, Florida, on May 26 set a personal and a Wright State record. Lloyd also helped set a new school record in the 4 x 200 meter relay at the Walt Disney World Invitational in Orlando on March 23 as the team finished with a time of 1:43.85. During her Raider career, Lloyd set or helped set five indoor and four outdoor school records.
"It's an honor to be named the Horizon League Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year," said Lloyd. "I've had a great career as a student-athlete at Wright State and receiving this award is a great way to end it. I am truly blessed."
"It has truly been an honor to coach Cassandra for the past four years," said WSU head track coach Fabien Corbillon. "This award caps off an amazing collegiate career. She is a true source of inspiration for student-athletes on and off the track."
"As a coach, my goal has always been to see my athletes graduate, improve on the track each year and become responsible adults ready for their life after college," added Corbillon. "Cassandra embodies all that; she is the perfect example of what hard work can lead you to. She has strived to be a better athlete, a better student and a better person every single day. This is just the start of her athletic career and I hope to see her achieve greater things in the future."
Named a Second Team All-American as a junior after finishing ninth at last year's national meet, Lloyd became WSU's first Division I All-American in track and qualified for the NCAA regionals all four years.
Lloyd has dominated the Horizon League Track and Field Championships like few before her, winning the 100 meter hurdles in each of her four years of competition. Along with being selected as the Horizon League Outdoor Track Athlete of Year three times, Lloyd was also the Horizon League Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
A longtime participant in the Wright State, Horizon League and NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC), Lloyd has volunteered for the Special Olympics, Dayton Boys and Girls Club and the March of Dimes.
Lloyd was also recently named as one of two Horizon League nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership. From a field of nearly 500 nominees, 30 finalists - 10 from each division of the NCAA - will be invited to Indianapolis in October when the award winner will be announced.