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FSU’s Locke and Braman, Duke’s Bottorff, Miami’s Wimbley repeat indoor season awards
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.org) – Three student-athletes and one head coach completed a sweep of the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field individual honors as awards for the recently concluded outdoor season were announced on Friday.
Florida State sprinter Dentarius Locke was selected the ACC Men’s Outdoor Track Performer of the Year in a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches, while Duke distance runner Juliet Bottorff was voted the ACC Women’s Outdoor Track Performer of the Year. Miami sprinter Shakima Wimbley was voted the ACC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year, while Florida State’s Bob Braman received the nod as ACC Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year.
Locke, Bottorff, Wimbley and Braman each received those same honors at the conclusion of the 2014 ACC Indoor Track and Field Season. Locke and Braman also repeated as the ACC Outdoor Men’s Track Performer of the Year and ACC Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year, respectively.
Other 2014 ACC Outdoor Track and Field honorees announced on Friday included Virginia Tech thrower Tomas Kruzliak as ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Year and Virginia thrower Filip Mihaljevic as the ACC Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year. Virginia Tech pole vaulter Martina Schultze was voted the ACC Women’s Outdoor Field Performer of the Year, while Notre Dame’s Joe Piane was recognized as the ACC Women’s Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Florida State’s Locke, a senior from Tampa, Florida, secured his second straight silver medal in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.02 in last weekend’s NCAA final at Eugene, Oregon. Locke had earlier led all runners in the NCAA East Preliminaries with a time of 10.03 and captured the ACC Championship with a time of 10.16. Locke earned Men’s Track MVP honors at the ACC Outdoor Championship, where he also posted a bronze medal time of 20.75 in the 200-meter dash, keyed the FSU 4x100 relay team to a gold medal time of 40.19 and the 4x400 relay team to a third-place time of 3:06.76.
Virginia Tech’s Kruzliak, a sophomore from Nitra, Slovakia, notched All-America honors and a top-five finish for the second straight season in the hammer throw with a fifth-place toss of 69.47m (227-11) in the NCAA finals. The 2013 NCAA champion and ACC Freshman of the Year repeated as ACC Field Performer of the Year following a season in which he place third in the East Regional Preliminaries with a throw of 225-6 and took the gold medal in the ACC Championships with a throw of 214-4.
Virginia’s Mihaljevic, of Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, became the first Cavalier male athlete to compete in the NCAA Championships in two events in the same year. He didn’t disappoint, earning All-America honors in the discus with an eighth-place throw of 58.86m and in the shot put with a seventh-place throw of 19.56m. He became the third overall Cavalier to score in two events at a NCAA Outdoor Championship, joining two Virginia women who have accomplished the feat. Mihaljevic’s solid NCAA performance followed an ACC Championship in which he took first place in the discus with a throw of 55.38m and third in the shot put at 17.79m.
Florida State’s Braman picked up his 18th ACC Coach of the Year in cross country, indoor track & field or outdoor track & field. The Seminole men led the scoring in the ACC Championship for the 11th time in 13 years and the ninth time under Braman’s watch, and then followed up by tying for 20th place in the teams standings at the NCAA Championships.
Duke’s Bottorff capped a stellar women’s track career by claiming the bronze medal in 10,000-meter run at the NCAA Championships with a time of 32:37.46 and fifth place in the 5,000 meters at 15:54. The outdoor All-America honors were the third and fourth of the Newark, Delaware, grad student’s career. Earlier, Bottorff set the all-time ACC record in the 10,000 meters with a run of 32:35.69 in the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational and the ACC Championship meet record at 32:35.72. She also grabbed the silver medal in the 5,000-meter run at the ACC Championships with a time of 16:15.82.
Virginia Tech’s Schultze earned first-team All-America honors after finishing with the bronze medal in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships with a mark of 14-3.25 (4.35m). The Uhingen, Germany, native won her fifth ACC pole vault championship (2012 Outdoor, 2013 Indoor, 2013 Outdoor, 2014 Indoor, 2014 Outdoor) with a mark of 14-4.25 (4.38m) in April’s ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Schultze became only the second woman in ACC track and field history to win three straight outdoor titles.
Miami’s Wimbley capped off a stellar freshman season that included gold medal performances in the 200-meter dash (23.12) and the 4x100 (45.06). The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, speedster also helped the Hurricanes’ 4x400 relay team to a bronze medal time of 3:35.90 and placed fourth in the 200 meters at 53.02. She qualified for the NCAAs in both the 400 meters and the 4x400.
Notre Dame’s Piane completed a vintage 39-year head coaching career by guiding the Fighting Irish to a second-place finish at the ACC Championship in their first season as league members. Notre Dame went on to place 32nd in the NCAA Championships, setting two women’s school records in the process. Seven Fighting Irish women qualified for five events in the 2014 NCAA Championships.
2014 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Season Honors
Men’s Track Performer of the Year – Dentarius Locke, Florida State
Men’s Field Performer of the Year – Tomas Kruzliak, Virginia Tech
Men’s Freshman of the Year - Filip Mihaljevic, Virginia
Men’s Coach of the Year – Bob Braman, Florida State
Women’s Track Performer of the Year – Juliet Bottorff, Duke
Women’s Field Performer of the Year – Martina Schultze, Virginia Tech
Women’s Freshman of the Year – Shakima Wimbley, Miami
Women’s Coach of the Year – Joe Piane, Notre Dame