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March 19, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Virginia freshman Robby Andrews, Virginia Tech senior Queen Harrison, and Florida State junior Kim Williams—all of whom earned individual titles at the recently concluded 2010 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships—highlight a list of eight individuals who were selected performer or coach of the year, announced today by Commissioner John Swofford. Andrews was selected in a vote by the 12 men’s head coaches as the 2010 ACC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year, while Harrison and Williams were picked by the 12 women’s head coaches as the 2010 ACC Women’s Indoor Track Performer and Field Performer of the Year, respectively.
Also earning honors were Florida State sophomore Maurice Mitchell (track), North Carolina senior Mateo Sossah (field), and North Carolina’s Dennis Craddock (coach) on the men’s side, and Brianna Rollins (freshman) and Lawrence Johnson (coach) of Clemson on the women’s side.
Mitchell was the ACC champion in the 60-meter dash (6.66) and an All-ACC performer (second place) in the 200-meter dash (20.87), in helping guide Florida State to its eighth consecutive and ninth overall conference title at last month’s championship meet. After earning all-conference honors for the second straight season, the Kansas City, Mo., native recorded All-America performances in the 60-meter (seventh, 6.67) and 200-meter (fifth, 20.62) dashes at last weekend’s NCAA championships, in which Florida State finished in a tie for 12th, the highest mark for ACC men’s teams.
Sossah is North Carolina’s first field performer of the year after winning the heptathlon with 5,779 points at the ACC championship and placing second in the same event (5,886) at the national meet. The Mons-en-Baroeul, France, native also placed seventh at the conference meet with a 23-foot, four-inch leap in the long jump.
Andrews became the first Cavalier to win an NCAA title since 1989 (Paul Ereng) with a first-place finish in the 800-meter run (1:48.39) at the national meet in Fayetteville, Ark. where Virginia tied for 20th. Andrews, a native of Englishtown, N.J., also won an ACC title in the same event with a time of 1:50.73, and helped guide the Cavalier distance medley relay squad to a first-place showing in 9:47.80.
Craddock, in his 25th-year guiding the Tar Heel track & field program, narrowly missed out on his third ACC championship, placing second, just 3.5 points behind the champion Seminoles. After three consecutive seasons of fourth-place or worse finishes at the conference meet, Craddock’s Tar Heels tallied 103.5 points, the most since putting up 112.5 in 1999, and helped send two Tar Heels, including Sossah, to the NCAA meet. North Carolina finished in a tie for 20th at the national meet.
Harrison combined for three championships at the conference and national meets, in addition to setting league and venue records at the ACC meet in the 60-meter hurdles. Virginia Tech’s third-place finish (74 points) was aided in large part by Harrison’s record-setting time of 7.94 en route to the 60-meter hurdles conference championship, as well as her 53.06 clocking in the 400-meter dash. The Richmond, Va., native beat all competition in Fayetteville with a 7.95 time in the hurdles to become the first national champion in school history, leading Virginia Tech to a tie for 10th place.
Williams, just two years removed from winning ACC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year honors, earned her second straight NCAA title in the triple jump with a leap of 45 feet, 9.25 inches, and came in fifth in the pole vault (21-2.50) to lift the Seminoles to a tie for seventh place with conference-foe Clemson. At the ACC meet, Williams, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, lifted the Seminoles to a second-place showing (93 points)—their fifth consecutive top-four finish—with her third consecutive triple jump title (46-8.25) and a 21-foot, 4.25 leap in the long jump, good for second place.
Rollins is the second Tiger to earn freshman of the year accolades since 2007 (Liane Weber) after garnering All-ACC honors in three events at the ACC championship. The Miami, Fla., native won the 200-meter dash (23.69), came in third in the 400-meter dash (54.01), and helped deliver the 4x400-meter relay team to victory in a league-record time of 3:35.76. Rollins also came in fifth in both the 60-meter hurdles (8.27) at the ACC meet and as a member of the 4x400 team (3:33.93) at the NCAA meet.
Johnson, in just his first season as Clemson’s head coach, led the Tiger women to their first ACC title since 1992 with a school-record for points at a championship meet with 145.5, a staggering 52.5 points in front of second-place Florida State. Additionally, Johnson led Clemson to a tie for seventh-place with the Seminoles at the NCAA meet, the highest mark for league teams, while leading nine Tigers to competition in Fayetteville.