KANSAS CITY, MO – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday the 73 award winners of USTFCCCA Regional Awards for the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season. Honored for the Bulls are standout throwers Rob Golabek and Becky O'Brien, as well as throwing coach Jim Garnham.
Golabek, a senior from Hamburg, NY, was the MAC champ with the shot, marking 62-11¼ (19.18m) to win by more than seven feet. Golabek enters the national championships as the No. 4 seed, having claimed a season's best of 63-8¼ (19.41m) in the qualifying rounds in Bloomington, IN Golabek was the Texas Relays champ with the shot and was second at the Penn Relays.
O'Brien, a junior from Cumberland, ME broke MAC all-time and championship-meet records in the shot put and discus to win league titles in both events. O'Brien marked personal bests of 56-6 (17.22m) with the shot and 193-8 (59.04m) with the discus at the league meet and qualified for the NCAA's final rounds in both events. O'Brien is the national No. 2 seed in the discus heading to Des Moines.
Garnham is being recognized for the second straight season as the Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year, claiming the honor on both the men's and the women's side. In his ninth season as UB's throws coach, Garnham had six athletes qualify for the East Prelims, with three moving onto the final round in four events. At the MAC Championships, his athletes won five events, set three meet records and two conference records while scoring 69 points.
The Bulls begin competition at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday. In addition to O'Brien and Golabek, senior Matt Gac has also qualified for the national meet. Gac and O'Brien begin with discus on Wednesday. Golabek will throw the shot on Friday, while O'Brien wraps things up with the women's shot on Saturday.