BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo men's outdoor track and field squad announced its team awards for the 2011 season. Head coach Perry Jenkins and his staff made the following presentations: Evan Palmer was named as Top Newcomer; Ryan Bloom earned the Most Improved Award; Will Cole won the Coaches' Award and Rob Golabek was selected as the Most Valuable Performer.
Palmer won the Mid-American Conference discus title, setting a season-best mark of 177-2, earning first-team All-MAC honors. Palmer also finished fifth in the hammer throw with a season-best distance of 195-8 at the MAC meet. He advanced to the NCAA East Regional Preliminary Round in both events finishing 18th in the discus (174-8) and 39th in the hammer (182-3).
Bloom became a MAC champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:14.65, claiming All-MAC First Team honors at the league meet. He set UB's steeplechase record of 9:04.60 at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational on April 22.
Cole won the MAC title in the 400-meters hurdles in 51.74, setting a season-best time and earning All-MAC First Team honors at the league championships. He also qualified for the NCAA East Regional Preliminary Round where he finished 37th overall in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.43.
Golabek earned All-America honors in the outdoor shot put as he finished 11th at the NCAA National Championships. He later established a new record in the shot put as he threw 63-9.50 at the USATF Nationals. Golabek was named Northeast Region Field Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA. He won the MAC shot put crown at the league championships gaining first-team All-MAC honors and placed second at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries with a throw of 63-8.25.
The Bulls tied for fourth among six teams at the MAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at DeKalb, IL.