Sports Shorts

One of Tech’s own, senior center Sean Bedford, was announced as a candidate in the running for the Outland Trophy. The award, presented annually since 1946, celebrates the nation’s top interior linemen. On June 22, the Football Writers Association of America selected 63 players as early picks in a list that will eventually be narrowed down to three finalists in late November. The winner will be announced on Dec. 9 at the conclusion of the season. Bedford is one of 11 ACC players in the running for an award that has yet to be won by a Tech player.

Tech senior track and field member Billy Mateker was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American men’s track and cross country team for the second consecutive year. Members are selected for this award by the College Sports Information Directors of America and the finalists were announced on June 22. Mateker is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.98 GPA. Mateker was Tech’s highest finisher in two events on the season and posted his best 8K performance of his senior year at the Great American Cross Country Festival with a time of 25:14.

In 2013, Tech will host the NCAA Golf Championship. The decision to host the tournament came on June 25, with the prestigious Atlanta Athletic Club hosting the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Championship with Tech as the host institution. As a result of the announcement, Tech will host two NCAA events in 2013, the Golf Championship and the NCAA Basketball Final Four which will be played at the Georgia Dome.