ACC Announces 2013 Outdoor Track And Field Season Awards

June 14, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – National champions Brianna Rollins of Clemson and Tomas Kruzliak of Virginia Tech highlight the list of 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field honorees, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

Rollins was voted the ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Year by the league’s head coaches after her record-shattering showing in the 100 meter hurdles at last week’s NCAA Championship. Kruzliak was selected the ACC Men’s Field Performer of the Year and the ACC Men’s Freshman of the Year after bringing home the national title in the hammer throw.

Florida State sprinter Dentarius Locke earned ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Year honors, while NC State’s Karimah Shepherd was voted ACC Women’s Performer of the Year. Florida State’s Sage Watson received the nod as ACC Women’s Freshman of the Year.

Rollins, a junior from Miami, set the NCAA record in the 100-meter hurdles twice en route to the national title. After posting a time of 12.47 in the semifinals, Rollins ran away from the field with a time of 12.39 in the finals. The time was the second-fastest ever among women’s 100-meter hurdles run in the United States, with Gail Devers’ 12.33 in 2000 the only better mark. Rollins, named the USTFCCCA National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, is now tied for No. 9 on the IAAF all-time world performers list. She completed an undefeated collegiate season that included an ACC title and a win at the Texas Relays.  The ACC Track Performer of the Year honor is the third of her career, joining Indoor Performer of the Year awards she received in 2012 and this season.

Virginia Tech’s Kruzliak is the first male student-athlete to receive both an ACC Performer of the Year and Freshman of the Year award since the conference began recognizing both the top  track performer and top field performer in 2007. He joins Florida State’s Kim Williams (ACC Women’s Field Performer and Freshman of the Year in 2008) as the only ACC freshmen to earn the dual awards. The Slovakia native took the gold medal at the NCAAs with a throw of 227 feet, 4 inches.  The two-time ACC Performer of the Week had earlier claimed the ACC Championship on April 19 with a throw of 232-5.

Florida State’s Locke put his blazing speed on full display during the NCAA semifinals, posting a 9.97 mark in the 100-meter dash that ranks as the fastest legal time by a collegiate runner this season. The Tampa, Fla., native followed up with a wind-aided time of 9.91 in the finals that earned a silver medal. He was also part of the Seminoles’ 4x100 relay team that posted an eighth-place time of 42.30. Earlier in the season at the ACC Championship, Locke took home gold medals in the 100 meters (10.12) and the 4x100 relay (39.49), while earning the silver medal in the 200 meters with a time of 21.08.

NC State’s Shepherd capped her senior year by earning All-America honors at the NCAA finals. Shepherd, of Chesapeake, Va., placed seventh in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 8 inches, and her distance of 43-1 in the triple jump was good for 13th place. The ACC Championships saw Shepherd win the long jump with a distance of 21-1 ¼ while placing sixth in the triple jump at 41-5. The ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Year award caps a banner year for Shepherd, who also earned Women’s Field MVP honors during the ACC Indoor Championships in February.

Florida State’s Watson closed the year with a 12th-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA finals. Watson completed the event with a time of 58.71, just off her time of 58.37 that earned a silver medal during the ACC Championships. Watson, of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, also competed on the Seminoles 4x400 relay team which finished fourth in the ACCs with a time of 3:39.9 and posted a time of 3:40.12 in the NCAA preliminaries.