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June 4, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - A total of 10 Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes and coaches were recognized as outdoor track & field regional award recipients, announced today by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The 10 individuals represent four conference schools and ranked as the second-highest total in the country for a conference behind only the Big Ten's 11 recognitions.
Florida State's Maurice Mitchell was named the Men's Track Athlete of the Year for the South Region. The senior qualified for NCAA Championship from the East Preliminary in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay. The 100 and 200 marks were top legal collegiate times of the season. The Kansas City, Mo., native owns the NCAA's fastest 200-meter time for all-conditions (20.08) which also ranks fourth in the World. Mitchell won ACC titles in the 200 and 4x100 relay.
Virginia Tech's Alexander Ziegler was selected as the Men's Field Athlete of the Year for the Southeast Region. Ziegler, a junior from Dischingen, Germany, was the ACC Champion in the hammer throw, and he holds a season's best of 240-1 (73.18m) which ranks second among collegians this season.
Florida State's Bob Braman was voted as the Men's Coach of the Year for the South Region. Under Braman's watch the Seminoles qualified 19 for the East Preliminary Rounds of the NCAA Championship. FSU will have 13 men competing at the Final Rounds, third most of teams competing. The Seminoles are ranked second in the region and fifth nationally. FSU finished second at ACC Championship, just 4½ points shy of the title. In his 12th season at FSU, Braman directly coaches the distance team, which has qualified Darrin Gibson (800) and Mike Fout (10k) for the NCAA Championship.
Virginia Tech's Dave Cianelli was honored as the Men's Coach of the Year for the Southeast Region. In his 11th season at VT, Cianelli led the Hokies to its first ACC Team Championship. The team had 5 ACC individual champions and 14 ALL ACC performers at the meet. The Hokies are ranked No. 1 in Southeast region and No. 8 nationally with 14 entries to the NCAA Finals, second highest among the men's programs.
Florida State's Ken Harnden was named the Men's Assistant Coach of the Year for the South Region. Harnden is Florida State's director of sprints, hurdles, and relays. He qualified eight individuals and the 4x100 relay for the NCAA preliminary rounds and he boasts four finals site qualifiers. FSU owns the top qualifiers in the 100, 200, and 4x100 for the finals site and the Seminoles swept the top two spots at the ACC Championship in the 100, 200, and 4x100 relay. Florida State combined for 66 of 149 points for the runner-up showing in the league meet.
Clemson's Marlena Wesh was selected as the Women's Track Athlete of the Year for the Southeast Region. The top qualifier out of the East Prelim in the 400 meters has a best of 51.43 to sit third on the NCAA descending order list. The ACC Most Valuable Performer won the 400 meters with a meet record, contributed to two relay titles and finished runner-up in 200 (23.06). The junior hails from Virginia Beach, Va.
Maryland's Kiani Profit was voted as the Women's Field Athlete of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic Region. Profit, a senior from Pasadena, Calif., was the ACC Champion in the heptathlon with a school-record score of 5,695 points. Profit enters the NCAA Championships as the seventh-seed in the heptathlon.
Clemson's Lawrence Johnson was honored as the Women's Coach of the Year for the Southeast Region. Johnson guided Clemson to the ACC title. He personally coaches sprints, hurdles & jumps primarily including the ACC Most Valuable Performers Marlena Wesh (track) and April Sinkler (field). The Lady Tigers won nine out of 21 events at the conference meet. Clemson will have nine individuals and both relays in the NCAA Final Rounds, for a total of 13 entries. The team is ranked No. 1 in the region and No. 5 nationally.
Florida State's Karen Harvey was named the Women's Assistant Coach of the Year for the South Region. Harvey, FSU's distance coach, qualified ten individuals for the NCAA East Preliminaries, including a national-best six in the 1500 meters. Her runners accounted for 43 of the team's 75 points at the ACC Championships where they produced a conference champion in the 5000 meters.
Clemson's Timothy Hall was voted as the Women's Assistant Coach of the Year for the Southeast Region. Hall helped Clemson to the ACC title as coach of the sprints and relays. He had individual ACC champs in the 100, 200, 400, and 4x100 relay and assisted with the champions of the 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles. He coaches seven of Clemson's nine NCAA finals site qualifiers as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relays that qualified. Earlier in the season, Clemson ascended to No. 1 in the country for the first time in school history.
For the full release from the USTFCCCA, visit: http://www.ustfccca.org/2012/06/featured/ustfccca-region-award-winners-announced-for-di-outdoor-track-field.