Louisville’s Dorcas Wasike was named the ACC Women’s Track Athlete of the Year on Friday as the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field honorees were announced by the conference office. The list of conference awards features four NCAA medalists, six first-team All-Americans and a pair of Hall of Fame coaches.
Wasike impressed everyone at the NCAA Championships last week, finishing runner-up in the 10,000 meters while breaking a 30-year old meet record. The redshirt freshman made her move in the final two laps, passing some of the sport’s veteran runners. She rolled in the final lap to pass the favorite Karissa Schwizer, closing with a 69.2 in the final lap. Wasike finished with a personal best time of 32:11.81, behind Kansas’ Sharon Lokedi.
The first team All-American won the 10,000 meters at the ACC Championships and the NCAA East Preliminary. She was also runner-up in the 5,000 meters at the ACC Championships, running the final 3000 meters without her shoe. She set school records this season in the 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. Earlier in the fall she became the first women’s All-American in cross country.
On the men’s side, Florida State junior Andre Ewers was selected as the ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Year in a vote of the league’s head coaches.
Seminole javelin thrower Lauri Paredes Meza was voted the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Year, while Virginia Tech pole vaulter Torben Laidig took the men’s honor.
Florida State hurdler Trey Cunningham earned ACC Men’s Outdoor Freshman of the Year accolades after claiming the same honor during the indoor season. The Seminoles’ Ka’Tia Seymour was voted the ACC Women’s Outdoor Freshman of the Year.
Florida State’s Bob Braman and Miami’s Amy Deem were named the league’s Men’s and Women’s Coaches of the Year after each guided their team to a first-place finish in last month’s ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Coral Gables, Florida.
ACC Men’s Outdoor Track Performer of the Year – Andre Ewers, Florida State
ACC Women’s Outdoor Track Performer of the Year – Dorcas Wasike, Louisville
ACC Men’s Outdoor Field Performer of the Year – Torben Laidig, Virginia Tech
ACC Women’s Outdoor Field Performer of the Year – Lauri Paredes Meza, Florida State
ACC Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year – Trey Cunningham, Florida State
ACC Women’s Outdoor Freshman of the Year – Ka’Tia Seymour, Florida State
ACC Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year – Bob Braman, Florida State
ACC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year – Amy Deem, Miami