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Six from conference earn regional USTFCCCA honors heading into NCAAs
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – A combined six Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes and coaches received regional honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.
The recognition comes two days before the start of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which are scheduled Wednesday through Saturday at Eugene, Oregon.
Clemson junior sprinter Tevin Hester was recognized as the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year, while Miami sophomore sprinter Shakima Wimbley was honored as the South Region's Co-Women's Track Athlete of the Year.
Virginia sophomore Filip Mihaljevic received the nod as the Southeast Region Field Athlete of the Year.
Miami's Amy Deem was named the South Region Women's Head Coach of the Year. Virginia's Martin Maric was tabbed as the Southeast Region Men's Assistant Coach of the Year, and Duke's Shawn Wilbourn as top Southeast Region Women's Coach.
SOUTHEAST REGION MEN'S TRACK ATHELTE – Tevin Hester - Clemson
Hester, a junior, won the 100 and 200 at the ACC Championships and was named the conference's Most Valuable Track Performer for the double. His 20.18 time in the 200 is an ACC meet record, and his 9.87 in the 100 is tied for the fastest time in all-conditions among collegians this year. The Oxford, North Carolina native and will be running the 100 and 200 at the NCAA finals
SOUTH REGION WOMEN'S TRACK ATHLETE– Shakima Wimbley - Miami (Co-winner)
Wimbley, a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has emerged as a title contender at 400 meters, entering the NCAA Championships with the collegiate lead and an ACC-record 50.84. She won the ACC crown in that event, as well as at 200 meters – an event in which she's run 22.43 for the No. 3 time among collegians this season. The women's track MVP of the ACC Championships, Wimbley will also run a leg of Miami's 4×400 relay in the NCAAs.
SOUTHEAST REGION MEN'S FIELD ATHLETE – Filip Mihaljevic - Virginia
Mihaljevic, a sophomore from Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina, competes in the shot put and the discus. In those two events, he's qualified for the NCAA finals, won the ACC championships, and set Virginia school records. His UVA discus record is 63.11 meters (207-0) and his shot put record stands at 20.16m (66-1.75).
SOUTH REGION WOMEN'S HEAD COACH– Amy Deem - Miami
Deem, in her 25th year with the Hurricanes, has coached the current world leader in the 400 meters Wimbley and a number of other student-athletes who have made their mark at the conference and national level. Miami had nine qualifiers for the preliminary rounds and will send five to the NCAA Championships in Eugene.
SOUTHEAST REGION MEN'S ASSISTANT COACH– Martin Maric - Virginia
Maric, in his third year as throws coach at Virginia, has coached three-event national qualifier Jordan Young, along with two-event national qualifier Mihaljevic to Eugene. His athletes went five-for-five in qualifying opportunities in the NCAA East Prelims. Young was named the Field MVP at the ACC meet, and Maric's group scored 42 of the Cavaliers' 100 points in the squad's runner-up team showing.
SOUTHEAST REGION WOMEN'S ASSISTANT COACH– Shawn Wilbourn - Duke
Wilbourn, Duke's combined events, pole vaults, sprints and hurdles coach, guided three to the NCAA final rounds. Pole Vaulters Megan Clark and Madison Heath along with heptathlete Teddi Maslowski will comprise Wilbourn's crew for Eugene. This is Wilbourn's seventh year with the team.