ACC Announces 2012 Indoor Track & Field Annual Award Winners
March 16, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State’s Maurice Mitchell and Michelle Jenije, Duke’s Curtis Beach, and Clemson’s Brianna Rollins – all of whom earned All-America First Team honors at the 2012 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships –were selected as performers of the year, announced by the conference today. Also earning honors were Florida State’s Stephen Newbold and Clemson’s Dezerea Bryant, the Freshmen of the Year. The winners were selected by a vote of the head coaches of the track and field programs in the ACC.
Mitchell won the ACC title in the 200-meter dash and finished second in the 60-meter dash to lead the Seminole men to an ACC Championship. The senior from Kansas City, Mo., earned First Team All-America honors in both events as Florida State finished tied for eighth at the NCAA Championships. Mitchell becomes the first ACC athlete to earn the Men’s Indoor Track Performer of the Year in three consecutive years.
Rollins, the Women’s Indoor Track Performer of the Year, took home an individual ACC title in the 60-meter hurdles (8.07) en route to a team championship for the Tigers. The Miami, Fla., native bettered her time at the NCAA Championships (7.93), good for second place and First Team All-America honors as Clemson finished tied for fifth.
Beach, the Men’s Indoor Field Performer of the Year, won an ACC heptathlon title by earning a total of 5,862 points at the ACC Championship. The Albuquerque, N.M., native took the heptathlon crown at the NCAA Indoor Championship with a conference-record score of 6,183 points. This mark also places him third on the all-time collegiate performance list in the event. For his performance, he was named the 2012 National Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association for the indoor season. He is the first male Duke athlete to earn an ACC Indoor Performer of the Year honor.
Jenije, the Women’s Indoor Field Performer of the Year, earned All-Conference honors with a second-place finish in the triple jump (13.19m) at the ACC Championship. At the NCAA Championship, the senior from Tallahassee, Fla., placed second with a career-best 13.54 meters to win eight points for the Seminoles and earn First Team All-America honors.
Newbold, the Men’s Freshman of the Year, won his first individual conference title in the 400-meter dash (47.78). The native of Nassau, Bahamas, earned his second All-Conference honor with a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash (21.38) to help the Seminoles win the team championship.
Bryant, the Women’s Freshman of the Year, won ACC championships in the 60-meter dash (7.25) and the 200-meter dash (23.26) and picked up 20 points for the Tigers. In the NCAA Championship, she earned her First Team All-America honors in both events as she placed sixth in the 60 meters (7.28) and seventh in the 200 meters (23.36).