ACC Announces Outdoor Track & Field Awards

June 22, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C.—Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced today the winners of eight outdoor track & field annual awards. In a vote by all 12 head coaches of both men’s and women’s teams, Virginia’s Robby Andrews was selected both Male Track Performer and Freshman of the Year; Virginia Tech’s Alexander Ziegler and Queen Harrison were named Male Field and Female Track Performer of the Year, respectively; and Clemson’s Patricia Mamona and Stormy Kendrick were voted Female Field Performer and Freshman of the Year, respectively. Coach of the Year honors went to Dave Cianelli of Virginia Tech on the men’s side and Lawrence Johnson of Clemson on the women’s side. The honors mark the end of the 2010 outdoor track & field campaign for the ACC.

Virginia's Robby AndrewsAndrews, a native of Englishtown, N.J., wrapped up a stellar freshman campaign by coming in second at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the 800-meter run in a time of 4:46.83, becoming the first Cavalier All-America in the event in school history. He won his preliminary heat in a career-best 1:45.54, which ranks second in Virginia annals. Additionally, Andrews came in second in the 800-meter run in 1:50.92 at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championship and ran the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay that came in third place with a 3:09.50 clocking. Following an indoor season in which he also garnered Male Freshman of the Year honors, Andrews is the first freshman to sweep the award in both the indoor and outdoor seasons since Walter Dix of Florida State accomplished the feat in 2005. Andrews won both ACC (1:50.73) and NCAA (1:48.39) crowns during the indoor season.

Ziegler, a native of Dischingen, Germany, earned his first outdoor All-America honor by posting a career-best 237-7.00 hammer throw to place second at the NCAA meet. His mark at the national meet bested his fourth place mark of 207-6.00 at the ACC championship in April by more than 30 feet. Additionally, Ziegler was the ACC hammer throw champion during the indoor season, posting a 73-10.25, and placed third with a 72-6.25 at the national meet in Fayetteville, Ark. He is the first field performer of the year from Virginia Tech.

For Harrison, a native of Richmond, Va., 2010 marked her second straight outdoor performer of the year nod after she made history at the NCAA championship. She won the 100-meter hurdle in 12.67 and the 400-meter hurdle in a school-record time of 54.55, becoming the first woman to sweep the 100 and 400-meter hurdle titles at the same national meet. Not only did Harrison sweep both hurdles events in Eugene, Ore., but she became the first performer in ACC history to win both hurdles events at the conference and NCAA meets in the same season. Her 12.44 in the 100-meter hurdles and 54.66 in the 400-meter hurdles at the ACC championship led the nation in 2010. Harrison ended her career with two consecutive conference crowns in the 100-meter hurdle and three straight titles in the 400-meter hurdles.

Patricia Mamona, a native of Lisbon, Portugal, won the NCAA triple jump title with a Clemson-record leap of 45-11.75, aiding the Tigers to an 18th place finish (15 points). Her championship marked the second consecutive triple jump crown for the ACC, after Florida State’s Kim Williams won the event in 2009, and the first event title for Clemson since 2002. Her 45-11.75 mark beat her 43-7.75 at the ACC championship, which earned second place. Additionally, she tallied 5,247 points in the heptathlon to come in third at the ACC meet.

Kendrick, a native of Gastonia, N.C., qualified for the NCAA championship in three events. She ran the second leg of the 4x100-meter relay squad that matched a program-best by coming in fourth place in 44.12., and also competed in the 100 and 200-meter dash preliminary events, clocking an 11.47 and 23.85, respectively. At April’s ACC championship, Kendrick came in second in both sprint events and helped her relay team to a first place showing in 44.36. Her season-best times of 11.24 in the 100 and 22.83 in the 200 both ranked second in the ACC in 2010.

Cianelli, who has a pair of Women’s Coach of the Year accolades to his credit, earned his first Men’s Coach of the Year honor after guiding seven Hokies to the NCAA championship where Virginia Tech came in a program best 10th place with 20.5 points. The veteran coach of nine seasons led Virginia Tech to a second place finish at the ACC championship—another program best—where the Hokies finished just 8.5 points behind champion Florida State. Cianelli and his coaching staff mentored four ACC individual champions at April’s meet—tied for the conference lead—and helped six others to All-ACC honors.

Johnson, in just his first season as Clemson’s head coach, led the Tiger women to the ACC title—their third overall conference crown and first since 1999—completing the conference championship sweep after winning the indoor title in February. Additionally, he is the first rookie coach in league history to earn women’s coach of the year honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Johnson guided a 2010 Clemson squad that was ranked in U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top-25 poll seven times, including the last six inside the top-10, and qualified 28 individuals for the NCAA regional meet, including a league-high-tying eight that advanced to the national meet. He also garnered Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors from the USTFCCCA.