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June 17, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Four student-athletes who recently won national championships at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships highlight a group of eight individuals who have been recognized as 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field annual award recipients, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford. The eight honorees represent five league schools and were chosen by a vote of the league's head coaches.
Junior Maurice Mitchell was selected as the 2011 ACC Men's Outdoor Track Performer of the Year, while his classmate Ngoni Makusha was named the Men's Outdoor Field Performer of the Year. Their coach, Bob Braman, was honored as the Men's Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year. Virginia's Anthony Kostelac was recognized as the Men's Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year. Mitchell and Kostelac repeated as recipients from the indoor season.
Virginia Tech claimed two honors on the women's side as senior Dorotea Habazin was tabbed the 2011 ACC Women's Outdoor Field Performer of the Year and Samira Burkhardt was honored as the Women's Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year. Miami senior Ti'erra Brown was named the Women's Outdoor Track Performer of the Year, while Clemson's Lawrence Johnson earned Women's Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year accolades. Burkhardt and Johnson were repeat award recipients from the indoor season.
Mitchell, Makusha, Habazin and Brown turned in national championship performances at last week's NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. All six of the student-athletes honored claimed titles at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in April.
Mitchell was honored as the Men's Outdoor Track Performer of the Year for the first time in his career. A two-time recipient of the award during the indoor season, Mitchell was named Most Valuable Track Performer at the ACC Outdoor Championship after collecting All-ACC honors in three events. The junior from Kansas City, Mo., won the 200-meter dash in 20.19, took second in the 100-meter in 10.03 and ran a leg of the victorious 4x100-meter relay team that clocked a 39.61. His times in the 100 and 200 broke championship meet records. He qualified for the national meet in all three events and went on to earn First Team All-America status in each. Mitchell clinched the first individual national championship of his career, besting the field in the men's 200-meter dash. His time of 19.99 broke the Drake Stadium record set in 1997 by six-hundredths of a second. He also ran a leg on Florida State's national champion 4x100 squad which came in at 38.77 and finished third in the 100-meter dash with a 10.00 clip.
Makusha was named Men's Outdoor Field Performer of the Year after becoming just the fourth student-athlete to win national titles in both the long jump and 100-meter dash. The junior from Zimbabwe shattered college, NCAA meet and Drake Stadium records en route to claiming the national title in the 100 with a 9.89. He also successfully defended his back-to-back men's long jump national championships, leaping to a personal best mark of 27-6.75 (8.40m). Makusha bested the Drake Stadium mark, set in 2010, by one and one-quarter inches and now ranks fourth all-time in NCAA Outdoor Championships history, He has four national titles in the event, with three coming at the outdoor meet and one at the 2011 indoor meet. Makusha earned First Team All-America status in three events, having also run a leg on the national champion 4x100 squad, which finished in 38.77. The 2009 Indoor Field Performer of the Year, Makusha won the 100, long jump and ran a leg on the victorious 4x100 squad at the conference meet, garnering All-ACC accolades in all three events. He was recently named the National Men's Track Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Kostelac, who was honored earlier this season as the ACC Men's Indoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year, is the fifth student-athlete in league history to claim the awards for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. His teammate, Robby Andrews, also accomplished the feat last season. The Charlottesville, Va., native took top honors in the men's 800-meter run at the ACC Championship, finishing in 1:49.02, 42-hundredths of a second faster than the next competitor. It marked Virginia's league-leading 12th conference championship in the event. His time also stands as the second fastest in the league this season. With his victory in the 800 at the conference indoor championship, Kostelac became the seventh student-athlete in league history and the second at Virginia to win both events in the same year. He also helped the Cavaliers sweep both the indoor and outdoor events for the second consecutive year.
In his eighth year at the helm in Tallahassee, Braman guided Florida State to its seventh consecutive ACC Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship and eighth overall. The Seminoles tallied 174.5 points, rallying from a 19.5 deficit heading into the final day of competition to win by 21 points. Florida State concluded the three day event with seven individual champions, one first place relay and 17 podium finishes. A total of 10 student-athletes represented the Seminole men at the national meet, where Florida State finished one point shy of the national title. The squad tallied 54 points with 10 student-athletes being named First Team All-America. The Seminoles also captured national titles in the men's 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, long jump and 4x100. Braman was honored as the ACC Men's Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year earlier this year.
Brown garnered Miami's first Women's Outdoor Track Performer of the Year award since Kristy Whyte in 2008. The senior from Hampton, Va., clocked a 12.94 to win the 100-meter hurdles at the ACC Championship, giving the Hurricanes their first title in the event. She earned All-ACC honors in the event for the second time after finishing third in 2010. Brown also claimed All-ACC accolades in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing second with a 57.58. She competed in both events at the national meet, earning First Team All-America honors in each. Brown clinched the league's second consecutive national title in the women's 400-meter hurdles, racing to a time of 55.642 and edging the second place finisher by four-thousandths of a second. She is the sixth woman in Miami program history to win an NCAA outdoor national title. Brown also came in eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.19.
Habazin is Virginia Tech's first ACC Women's Outdoor Field Performer of the Year since the creation of the award in 2007. She set both the conference and championship records in the hammer throw at the ACC Championship with a mark of 224-3.00 (68.36m), distancing herself from second place by more than 42 feet. The senior from Zagreb, Croatia, bested the conference mark set in 2002 by almost four feet and the championship toss, also set in 2002, by more than 18. It marked her third title in the event in four years after she won back-to-back championships in 2008 and 2009. After qualifying for the national meet, she became the fifth individual and second female student-athlete to earn a national title at Virginia Tech, taking top honors in the hammer throw with a toss of 223-7 (68.15). The runner-up at last year's national meet, she is now a three-time All-American in the event.
Burkhardt became Virginia Tech's first ACC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year since Kristi Castlin in 2007. The Stuttgart, Germany, native was also named the ACC Women's Indoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year earlier this year, becoming just the fifth female to receive the two accolades since 2000, the first year with both honors awarded. She registered a mark of 52-3.25 (15.93m) in the shot put at the ACC Championship to claim top honors, giving Virginia Tech its third title in the event. At the national meet, Burkhardt collected the second All-America honor of her career, finishing fifth. Her mark of 56-1 (17.09m) set a new school record and is also a season best in the conference.
Johnson was named Women's Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year for the second straight year as the Tigers wrapped up their second consecutive ACC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship and fourth overall. It marked Johnson's second outdoor title as head coach. Clemson accumulated a program best 202 points, 69.5 more than the second place finisher. Over the three day even the Tigers registered seven individual champions and a first place relay, along with 19 top three finishes. A total of 12 student-athletes represented the Clemson women at the national meet, where the Tigers finished seventh to match their program best finish from 2001. The squad tallied 28 points with eight student-athletes garnering First Team All-America honors. Patricia Mamona brought home her second consecutive triple jump championship. Johnson was recently recognized as the 2011 USTFCCCA Southeast Region Women's Coach of the Year.
2011 ACC Men's Outdoor Track Performer of the Year: Maurice Mitchell, Florida State
2011 ACC Men's Outdoor Field Performer of the Year: Ngoni Makusha, Florida State
2011 ACC Men's Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year: Anthony Kostelac, Virginia
2011 ACC Men's Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year: Bob Braman, Florida State
2011 ACC Women's Outdoor Track Performer of the Year: Ti'erra Brown, Miami
2011 ACC Women's Outdoor Field Performer of the Year: Dorotea Habazin, Virginia Tech
2011 ACC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year: Samira Burkhardt, Virginia Tech
2011 ACC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year: Lawrence Johnson, Clemson