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July 28, 2011
Greensboro, N.C. (ACSMA) - Florida State's Ngoni Makusha, an internationally elite track performer who ran and jumped his way into company with Carl Lewis and Jesse Owens this spring, and Maryland's Katie O'Donnell, one of the most accomplished field hockey players in NCAA history, are the ACC's Athletes of the Year for 2010-11.
Makusha, one of only four people to win NCAA titles in the 100 meters and the long jump, is the winner of the Anthony J. McKevlin Award as the league's top male athlete, and O'Donnell, who put up impressive statistics across the board, claimed the Mary Garber Award, symbolic of the ACC's finest female competitor. The accolades, determined by a voting of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, are named for respected journalists who chronicled the ACC from its inception.
"The ACC's Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards are two of the most prestigious recognitions that can be earned by a student-athlete in this league," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "Ngoni and Katie were selected from a group of tremendously talented nominees and I applaud them on their outstanding accomplishments."
Makusha, a junior from Zimbabwe, edged Duke basketball standout Nolan Smith 17 votes to 16 to become the 58th winner of the McKevlin Award. In the past year, the 2008 Olympian built on an already impressive resume.
His victory in the 100-meter dash (9.89) at the NCAA outdoor championships, achieved in the rain, set a meet record and was the fourth-fastest performance in the world under any conditions this year. His victorious long jump of 8.40 meters, the second-longest in the world in 2011 and best jump in 18 years at the NCAA Championship meet, delivered his third NCAA championship in the event and made him the fourth person in NCAA history to win the long jump and the 100 in a single NCAA Championship. The exclusive fraternity includes Lewis and Owens, who combined for 13 Olympic gold medals.
Makusha also ran on the Seminoles' 4x100 relay team, which won the NCAA title.
"This is an amazing honor when you consider this encompasses all the sports across the ACC", stated Makusha, who was in Paris when notified. "It is special knowing that this is not just for track, but is much bigger than that. To join Charlie Ward and Walter Dix as the only Seminoles to win the McKevlin Award is amazing. I look up to Walter and to win the same award he won in 2007 really means a lot to me. Representing Florida State as the winner of the McKevlin Award also carries great meaning as this school has meant so much to me during my time as a Seminole."
O'Donnell won the Honda Sports Award in field hockey for the second straight year in 2010, leading the nation in goals with 34 and points with 98 as the Terrapins claimed their fourth NCAA championship in the past six years. The senior from Blue Bell, Pa., the only player in NCAA history with 100 or more assists and 300 or more points, finished her career with 99 goals.
In the fall of 2010, she was named the Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation, besting a field that included decorated softball pitcher Jennie Finch.
|Anthony J. McKevlin Award Voting|
|4||Tyrod Taylor||Football||Virginia Tech|
|3||Anthony Castonzo||Football||Boston College|
|Mary Garber Award Voting|
|28||Katie O'Donnell||F. Hockey||Maryland|
|1||Kelsi Weseman||Softball||Georgia Tech|