BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo women's indoor track and field squad announced its team awards for the 2012 season. Head coach Vicki Mitchell and her staff made the following presentations: Emma Siuciak was named as Top Newcomer; Asia Henry earned the Most Improved Award; Brooklynn Ventura won the Coaches' Award and Becky O'Brien was selected as the Most Valuable Athlete for the second consecutive season.
Siuciak earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors when she won the women's high jump at the league championship meet. Siuciak cleared a season-best 5-8.50 (1.74m) to win the title and was the only individual to clear the top height as the next four vaulters all failed to advance in the final round. Siuciak also finished second in the women's pentathlon at the MAC meet with a total of 3,704 points.
Henry set UB school records in the 500- (1:14.21), 600- (1:31.15) and 800-meter (2:07.06) races during the 2012 season. She was the anchor on UB's record-setting 4x400-meter relay team (3:40.85), which finished second at the MAC Indoor Championships while also finishing second in the 800-meters in 2:09.46.
Ventura finished third in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.56 at the MAC Indoor Championships after posting the school record of 8.52 in the preliminary heats. She also ran the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay, helping the Bulls to a school record and a second-place finish.
O'Brien earned All-MAC First Team and was a second-team All-America at the NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships. She won the MAC women's shot put title at 54-0 (16.46m) and later finished ninth in the event at the NCAA National Championships (53-5.75, 16.30m). During the regular season, O'Brien set the UB and MAC records in the shot put with a throw of 57-8.25 (17.58m) at the SPIRE Division I Invitational on February 11. Additionally, O'Brien was named the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Field Athlete of the Year and was twice selected as the MAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week (Jan. 24, Feb. 15).
The Bulls placed fourth among 12 schools at the MAC Indoor Championships in February.