July 14, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State women’s track and field team hit the recruiting trail hard this year, signing one of the best classes in recent history, announced third-year head coach Bob Braman on Friday, July 14, 2006. The class of 2007 includes junior transfer and former Florida state champion Krystal Troutman, 2006 Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year Allyn Laughlin, redshirt junior transfers Amy and Debbie Huss and Florida high school state champion Tiara Swanagan.
Junior transfer Krystal Troutman leads the 2006 incoming Florida State women’s track and field class. The rising junior from Kansas City Community College earned All-American honors at the 2004 NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a fifth-place performance. She ran the second leg of the 4x400m relay team at 2005 NJCAA Indoor Nationals and helped women’s team to an eighth place, team finish at nationals. She earned the eighth spot in the 400m running 58.77. Troutman also added a 2004 first team All-American nod in the 400m at 2004 outdoor nationals. She was a second team All-American leg of the 4x400m in 2005 outdoor and ran the open 400m in 55.53 in a third-place performance at nationals. The 4x400m ran the fastest preliminary time of 3:46.64. This year at the Kansas Relays, Troutman anchored the 4x100m relay to the third fastest advancing time of 47.24.
As a senior at Miami’s (Fla.) Southridge High School, she was the 2003 Class 3A/4A 400m State champion. Troutman had the 12th fastest 400m high school time in the nation. She was selected to the 2003 All-Girls Miami Dade team
The 2006 Pennsylvania Gatorade Athlete of the Year Allyn Laughlin signed with the Seminoles group, adding depth to the throws area. The two-time WPIAL and PIAA Class AA Shot Put champion boasts a personal best and Keystone state record of 50’10.75″ in the event. She is also a National Scholastic Indoor Champion and finished in the top three at the Nike Indoor Invitational. Laughlin is one of the best discus throwers in the state, with top 13 finishes in 2005 and 2006.
One of the top cross country and distance harriers on the Vanderbilt squad, Amy Huss comes to Florida State after three standout years with the Commodores including an All-SEC, third-place finish in the 5000m at the 2006 championship meet, an All-Region nod during cross country and earning a spot as the second-fastest, all-time 5000m runner. Amy eclipsed the oldest school record in running a 9:40.43 in her final 3K during the indoor season. During the cross country campaign, she finished first or second on the team in every competition and finished in 18th place at the NCAA Regional Championships. Amy boasts a personal best 6K time of 21:12.01.
Twin sister Debbie, is also a top cross country and distance runner despite being sidelined by injuries during the 2005 cross country and track seasons. She is in the top ten all-time performers in the 3,000m and 5,000m events. In 2004, Debbie was one of the top three Commodore cross country student-athletes, finishing second or third in every meet. She earned All-Region honors during her rookie cross country season.
Swanagan is fresh off a career season in the sprints and jumps. She is the second-best high school triple jumper in the nation and a Florida state record holder. The two-time all-conference cross country star is among the Top 20 jumpers in the nation on all levels. In June of 2005, she took second place in the triple jump with a mark of 41’5″ at the Nike Outdoor National Championships. She set the Florida state record at the 2005 FHSAA finals with a triple mark of 42’8.75″, after only two years of training in high school. She is in the top two in the state in the high jump. At the FHSAA Class 3A District 3 Championships, finished in second place in the 200m in 25.58. Her career best high jump mark is 5’8″ and her 100m best is 12.28.