DURHAM — Dukes Pam Bustin was named the South Region Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Wednesday after guiding the Blue Devils to a 17-6 record and an appearance in the NCAA championship game.
In her third season at the helm, Bustin and her staff led Duke to a 13-5 regular-season ledger and a 3-3 mark in the ACC to go along with a final NFHCA ranking of No.5. The Blue Devils increased their scoring production from a year ago and concluded the season ranked among the national leaders in goals-against average. Under her direction, the team advanced to the title match for the fourth time and the first time since 2005, knocking off top-ranked Maryland 3-2 in the national semifinal. That victory marked the 200th of Bustins career.
N.C. State: Senior Andrew Colley was named the ACCs mens cross country performer of the year for a second consecutive season. Colley recorded the highest finish ever for a Wolfpack mens runner in the NCAA championship Nov. 23, placing seventh and earning the third All-American honor of his career.
He also captured the ACC title Nov. 1 with a time of 23 minutes, 37.9 seconds on the 8K Beeson Park Course in Kernersville, N.C., besting the field by nearly 30 seconds. Colley then was second Nov. 15 at the NCAA Southeast Region with a time of 28:38 on the 8K course, helping propel the Wolfpack to an at-large NCAA berth.
North Carolina: Defenders Boyd Okwuonu and Jonathan Campbell have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Region Team. Okwuonu, the ACC Defender of the Year, was selected to the first team and Campbell the third team.
Both players helped anchor a defense that allowed only 13 goals all season, the sixth-fewest nationally. The tar Heels also posted an ACC-leading 10 shutouts.
N.C. State: Several members of the Wolfpacks swimming & diving team are to begin the European Short Course Championships on Thursday in Herning, Denmark. Freshmen Andreas Schiellerup and Lotta Nevalainen, along with sophomore Simonas Bilis will take part.
After capturing two national championships last month in his native Denmark, Schiellerup is to race in the 50 freestyle and the 50 and 100 backstroke events. A native of Finland, Nevalainen is scheduled to compete in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly. Bilis, a native of Lithuania, will compete in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events.