BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo men's indoor track and field squad announced its team awards for the 2011 season. Head coach Perry Jenkins and his staff made the following presentations: Steve Houghmaster was named as Top Newcomer; Russell Cameron earned the Most Improved Award; Brian Smith won the Coaches' Award and Rob Golabek was selected as the Most Valuable Performer.
Houghmaster was one of UB's top distance runners during the season. He posted his top mile time of 4:19.27 at the season-opening Doug Raymond Invitational at Kent State. He finished eighth in the mile (4:20.14) at the Mid-American Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships and helped the Bulls to a second-place finish in the distance medley relay (10:08.20) at the meet.
Cameron won the MAC indoor heptathlon title at the league championships at Bowling Green to end the 2011 season. Cameron rallied from second place after the first day to break Steve Esler's 2003 record with his 5,364 point total for the seven events. On the second day of the event, he set a personal best in the pole vault portion, clearing 15-5 (4.70m) to tie for first. He also had a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles portion in 8.44, a season-best.
Smith was one of the team's top sprinters, setting UB's top marks in the 200- (21.69), 300- (34.65) and 400-meter (49.89) races. Smith broke the school record for the 300-meters with his 34.65 clocking at Cornell's Denault Invitational as he bettered the old mark of 35.20 that had stood since 1996.
Golabek turned in an All-America campaign for the Bulls during the indoor season, earning the national recognition as he finished eighth in the shot put at the NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships at College Station, TX with a throw of 61-4.75 (18.71m). The eighth-place finish earned him first-team All-America honors. Golabek won the MAC title as he threw 61-0 (18.59m) to claim the event by nearly three feet over Central Michigan's Alex Rose. Golabek also set the school record in the shot put as he won Penn State's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup competition at 62-0.50 (18.91m). He was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I Northeast Region Field Athlete of the Year and won the MAC's Field Athlete of the Week Award three times during the season.
The Bulls finished fourth of five schools at the MAC Championships in Bowling Green, OH.