ACC Announces Indoor Track And Field Postseason Awards
March 15, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - Two Bowerman Watch List candidates that claimed national titles headline the list of 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track and Field postseason honorees, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.
NCAA weight-throw champion Alexander Ziegler of Virginia Tech earned ACC Men's Field Performer of the Year honors, while NCAA women's 60-meter hurdles champion Brianna Rollins of Clemson was named the Women's Track Performer of the Year for the second consecutive season.
The conference's postseason honorees were selected by a vote of the ACC's head track and field coaches. NC State distance runner Ryan Hill was named the ACC Male Track Performer of the Year, while Clemson' Brittney Waller was named the ACC Field Performer of the Year.
Clemson made a sweep of ACC postseason women's and Freshman of the Year honors, as Mimi Land was voted the ACC Women's Freshman of the Year, and the Tigers' Tevin Hester received the nod as the ACC Men's Freshman of the Year.
Ziegler capped his career as a three-time national champion and seven-time All-American with his winning weight throw of 73-8¼ in last weekend's NCAA Championships. The native of Germany claimed the national title on his third throw ,with a that mark stood pat through the final three rounds.The Virginia Tech senior had earlier starred at the ACC Indoor Championships, where his throw of 77-8¾ established a new meet record.
NC State's Hill placed second in the mile at NCAA Championships with a time of 3:55.25 and was 11th in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:00.44. His mile time of 4:05.71 earned the gold medal at the ACC Championships. But Hill made perhaps the biggest waves during the regular season at the Millrose Games, where his mile time of 3:54.89 shattered the ACC record that had stood for 39 years.
Clemson's Hester earned first-team All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the 60-meter dash at the NCAA and is the first Tiger rookie on the men's side to earn first-team All-America status in that event since Jacoby Ford in 2007. Hester earned a bronze medal in the 60-meters at the ACC Championships and was fourth in the 200-meter dash.
Rollins made waves for the four-time ACC champion Tigers during the regular season by posting an NCAA-record time of 7.78 and in women's 60-meter hurdles and was only slightly off that mark in the NCAAs with a time of 7.79 in earning her second national title. In between, Rollins also set an ACC Championship record in the ACC Championship on Feb. 23 with a gold medal time of 7.90.
Waller earned the bronze medal in the 20-pound weight throw with a throw of 70-10. That was only slightly off her ACC Championship meet record throw of 70-10 ½ two weeks earlier. Waller earned ACC Performer of the Week honors on Feb. 12 following her monumental throw of 73-2, which set a Clemson school record and ranks among the top throws in ACC history.
Land was a multiple performer for the Clemson women, competing in the high jump, triple jump and long jump. Her distance of 6.18 meters in the long jump was good for a bronze medal at the ACC Championships, and she added points for the Tigers with a tie for fourth place in the high jump and an eighth-place showing in the triple jump.