June 17, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The postseason accolades continue to pour in for the Florida State men’s track & field program.
In a vote by the league coaches, the Atlantic Coast Conference and commissioner John Swofford announced the 2011 ACC Outdoor Track & Field award winners Friday and of the eight individuals honored three are Seminoles.
Maurice Mitchell has been named the ACC Men’s Outdoor Track Performer of the Year while his teammate Ngoni Makusha has been named the ACC Men’s Outdoor Field Performer of the Year. Bob Braman also has been named the ACC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year.
“I am extremely humbled by the coach of the year honor; especially when you consider the fact that Virginia Tech finished in the top five in the nation as well,” Braman said. “This is a tribute to our fantastic athletes and coaches. The coach of the year award is a program award and it is because of them that we received it. Ngoni Makusha and Maurice Mitchell had an incredible year and they are two of the absolute greatest athletes that we have ever had here. I couldn’t be more proud of them for being named the best singular athletes in the entire ACC.”
Mitchell, who was named the ACC Men’s Indoor Track Performer of the Year in March, is 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 200m dash in 20.19, took second in the 100m dash in 10.03 and ran a leg of the victorious 4×100-meter relay team that clocked a 39.61. His times in the 100 and 200 broke championship meet records.
Mitchell 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 4×100 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 100m 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 4×100 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 4×100 squad at the conference meet, garnering All-ACC accolades in all three events. Thursday he was named the National Men’s Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
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 100m dash, 200m dash, long jump and 4×100. Braman was honored as the ACC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year earlier this year.
This is the seventh time in his career (fourth outdoor) that Braman has been named the ACC’s best men’s coach. He earned the same honor in 2005, 2006 and 2008.
2011 ACC Award Winners:
Men’s Outdoor Track Performer of the Year: Maurice Mitchell, Florida State
Men’s Outdoor Field Performer of the Year: Ngoni Makusha, Florida State
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year: Anthony Kostelac, Virginia
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year: Bob Braman, Florida State
Women’s Outdoor Track Performer of the Year: Ti’erra Brown, Miami
Women’s Outdoor Field Performer of the Year: Dorotea Habazin, Virginia Tech
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year: Samira Burkhardt, Virginia Tech
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year: Lawrence Johnson, Clemson