ROCHESTER, NY - The Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame announced the finalists for a new annual awards program, with a pair of Buffalo track and field stars among the field in the running for a pair of major awards.
Senior thrower Rob Golabek is one of three nominees for the Donald J. Paige Award. The award honors an outstanding NCAA Division I College Male Athlete of the Year in or from the Niagara Association. Golabek went undeafeated in the Mid-American Conference for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. He was ranked in the top 10 NCAA Division I for the indoor season, 11th for the outdoor season and set school, league, and league meet records with a throw of 63' 3.5". For his efforts, he was previously honored as the USTFCCCA Northeast Region Indoor Male Field Athlete of the Year.
Junior middle-distance runner Asia Henry is one of three nominees for the Doriane Lambelet Award, honoring the most outstanding NCAA Division I College Female Athlete of the Year in or from the Niagara Association. Asia set indoor school records in the 500m, 600m, and 800m sprints, and also was on record-setting relays in the 1600m and 3200m. In the outdoor season, she set the 800m school record and ran the anchor of the record-setting 1600m relay team. She was Second-Team All-America from placing fourteenth in the 800 meter run at the NCAA Championships, becamoming the first female Track athlete to earn NCAA Division I All-America Honors at the University at Buffalo. In the postseason, she finished sixth at the Jamaican Olympic Trials in the 800m run.
Three finalists were selected for each of the eight total awards. The finalists for each award are invited guests to the annual awards banquet to be held at the Holiday Inn – Buffalo Airport on Saturday, September 8, 2012, where the winners will be announced.
Fans are invited to vote for these awards by following this link. The fan vote closes at on 17 August 2012.
Donald J. Paige Award Nominees
Jarret Eaton, SR
Syracuse University (Abington, PA / Abington HS)
Robert Golabek, SR
University at Buffalo (Hamburg, NY / Hamburg HS)
Erik van Ingen, SR
Binghamton University (Marathon, NY / Marathon HS)
Doriane Lambelet Award Nominees
Genna Hartung, JR
Cornell University (Morrisonville, NY / Seton Catholic HS)
Asia Henry, JR
University at Buffalo (Rochester, NY / Wilson Magnet HS)
Melissa Kurzdorfer, SO
Penn State (Lancaster, NY / Lancaster HS)
Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame is provisionally chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. The purpose of the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame is to recognize those individuals who made significant and outstanding contributions to the Sport of Athletics (including Track & Field, Long Distance Running, Race Walking, and Cross Country Running) while living within the geographic boundaries (New York State West of and including the counties of Oswego, Onondaga, Cortland, and Broome) of the Niagara Association as athletes (including Masters), coaches, and/or administrators (including Competition Officials).