Over the course of the next six weeks we will be counting down the Top 12 stories of the 2011-12 year. Each Monday and Thursday we will reveal a new story, until we reach the top moment, which will be unveiled in mid July.
The University at Buffalo track and field team had a season to remember as three athletes were named All-Americans and competed in Olympic Trials.
The success began during indoor season as Rob Golabek and Becky O'Brien were both named All-Americans in the shot put. O'Brien picked up second-team honors, while Golabek was named to the first team. The indoor season was just a preview of the things to come in the outdoor season.
O'Brien redshirted the outdoor season to concentrate on the Olympic Trials where she competed in the shot put and the discus. She finished 23rd in the discus at the trials and 16th in the shot put.
Golabek dominated the Outdoor season as well as he won his third consecutive outdoor shot put MAC title and advanced to the National Championships where he placed 12th, earning second-team All-American honors for the second time this year. Golabek then qualified for the Olympic Trials as he threw a personal best 64-9.50 (19.75m) at a last chance meet in Ohio. At the Olympic Trials, Golabek advanced past the preliminary round and competed in the finals where he placed 12th.
Outside of UB's success in the throwing circle, the Bulls got an outstanding season from sprinter Asia Henry, who set personal bests across the board and raced both collegiality and internationally over the last two months.
Henry began her success as she qualified for the NCAA Championships where she became a second-team All-American after finishing 14th in the 800m, running a school-record 2:04.65. Henry continued her season as she travelled down to Jamaica for its Olympic Trials where she finished sixth and qualifed for the NACAC U-23 Championships in Mexico. Henry raced in the finals at the Championships, finishing eighth.
Henry and O'Brien will both be back competing for the Bulls next season.