BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo women's outdoor track and field squad announced its team awards for the 2011 season. Head coach Vicki Mitchell and her staff made the following presentations: Asia Henry was named as Top Newcomer; Shante' White earned the Most Improved Award; Anna Holmes won the Coaches' Award and Becky O'Brien was selected as the Most Valuable Performer.
Henry earned second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors at the league championship meet. She finished second in the 800-meters in 2:10.80. She was also part of UB's record-setting 4x400-meter relay team, running the anchor leg to a 3:42.98 finish at the Cornell Upstate Challenge on April 23.
White won the MAC title in the hammer throw at 206-4, setting UB and MAC meet records and earning first-team All-MAC honors. She also placed 15th in the discus at 139-11 at the MAC meet. White also qualified for the NCAA East Regional Preliminary Round in the hammer as she placed 13th with a throw of 189-11. She was also named to the Academic All-MAC Outdoor Track squad.
Holmes finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles 1:02.43 at the and helped the Bulls to a third-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay (3:45.70) at the MAC Outdoor Championships.. She posted her top outdoor 400-meter hurdles mark of 1:00.37 at Penn State's Jim Thorpe Open on May 7.
O'Brien earned two MAC titles, first-team All-MAC and was named MAC Most Outstanding Field Performer at the MAC Outdoor Championships. She set UB, MAC and meet records in winning the discus (193-8) and shot put (56-6) competitions at the meet. O'Brien earned a trip to NCAA National Championships where she finished 17th in the shot put (52-7.50) and 18th in the discus (164-0). Additionally, she was namd to the Academic All-MAC Outdoor Track team.
The Bulls finished fifth among 12 teams at the MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at DeKalb, IL.