BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo men's indoor track and field squad announced its team awards for the 2012 season. Head coach Perry Jenkins and his staff made the following presentations: Miles Lewis was named as Top Newcomer; Tomarris Bell earned the Most Improved Award; Andre Britton won the Coaches' Award and Rob Golabek was selected as the Most Valuable Athlete for the second consecutive season.
Lewis, a transfer from Long Island University, made an immediate impact with the Bulls as the team's top sprinter. Lewis posted the team's fastest 60-meter time of 6.80 at the Cornell Upstate Challenge on January 21 and UB's top 200-meter time of 21.67 at Penn State's Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup. He finished third in the 60-meters and sixth in the 200-meters at the MAC Indoor Championships.
Bell earned a spot on the All-MAC Second Team at the league's indoor championships with his runner-up finish in the men's triple jump. The junior, who earned Top Newcomer honors in 2010, turned in a season-best leap of 48-6.25 (14.79m), a nearly two-foot improvement from his previous top season mark. Bell also finished third in the long jump clearing a season-best 23-2 (7.06m) on his fifth of six attempts.
Britton finished eighth at the MAC Indoor Championships in the 60-meters (7.00) and 200-meters (22.05), setting his season-best 200-meters time of 21.86 in the preliminaries. Briton was also part of UB's 4x400-meter relay team at MAC Championships. He set his season-best 60-meters time of 6.96 at the SPIRE Midwest Open on January 28. Additionally, he was named to the Academic All-MAC team.
Golabek picked up First-Team All-America honors for the second consecutive season at the NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships in the shot put. Golabek finished seventh in the national championship turning in his best throw of 62-11.25 (19.18m) on his final attempt. Named the NCAA Division I Northeast Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA for the second consecutive year, Golabek completed his indoor career with the Bulls as UB's all-time recordholder in the shot put with his 63-3.50 (19.29m) set at the SPIRE Division I Invitational in February. On five occasions during the season he broke his own UB and Mid-American Conference records in the shot put, winning the event four times.
The Bulls finished fifth at the MAC Indoor Championships in February.