GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia’s Anthony Kostelac has been named the 2011 ACC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches and announced Monday by the conference office.
The Charlottesville, Va., native becomes the second Cavalier to earn freshman of the year honors during the indoor season and the second-consecutive, as current sophomore and 2010 NCAA Champion in the 800m Robby Andrews earned the honor last year. It is also the third-straight year that the Cavaliers have had a newcomer tagged as an ACC Freshman of the Year, as junior All-American Morgane Gay was tabbed the women’s rookie of the year during the 2009 outdoor season.
Kostelac finished the indoor season undefeated in the 800m and as the top-ranked freshman in the NCAA. His personal-best time of 1:49.24 from ACCs ranks 35th nationally, second in the ACC and tied for fifth all-time at UVa.
The 2011 ACC Champion in the event, Kostelac ran away with the title at the conference meet to become the fifth Cavalier to ever win the 800m crown indoors. He also competed as a member of Virginia’s 4x400m relay team at ACCs, scoring at the meet with a fourth-place finish in 3:14.53.
Kostelac concluded his first indoor season for the Cavaliers undefeated in every 800m race he toed the line for, winning titles at the VT Invite (Jan. 14), Saturday Night at the Armory III (Feb. 12) and the ACC Championships (Feb. 26). He was also a member of the Cavaliers’ 4x800m relay team that was victorious at the Millrose Games and ran the 800m leg of UVa’s DMR squad that won the VT Elite Meet.
In addition, Kostelac was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet at the Armory on Feb. 12.