Feb. 13, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Coming off of a season in which the Florida State men’s track and field team brought home its third consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championship, and the women’s team had one of its best seasons in school history with a 12th place finish at nationals, Seminole head coach Bob Braman has announced another strong recruiting class with the signing of three student-athletes to national letters of intent. Jessica Parry, Amanda Winslow and Wesley Rickman will become Seminoles in the fall.
Parry, a native of London, Ontario, Canada is an excellent middle distance runner who can make an immediate impact for Florida State. She just recently ran the mile in 4:51.62 at the 2009 Reebok Boston Indoor Games in winning that event after placing second last year. At the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships, she ran a Canadian junior record time of 2:06.72 in the 800m. Parry was also a gold medalist in both the 1500m (4:21.23) and the 800m (2:07.71) at the 2008 Canadian Junior Championships.
Winslow from Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga., is a cross country and long distance specialist. She has won four individual state championships while at Collins Hill, and was named an All-American at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in June of 2008 for her fourth-place performance in the mile (4:51.13) and finishing third in the 4x800m Relay (9:10.91). Winslow was also a champion in the 5000m at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional in 2008 with a time of 17:34.00.
Rickman will head to Florida State from Falcon High School in Falcon, Colo., and he excels at long distance events and cross country. His first place finish of 15:21.00 in the 5000m at the Colorado 4A Region 3 meet helped him garner 2008 4A All-State honors in cross country. He was also named to the all classification 2008 All-State team. Recently, Wesley just set a new personal record of 2:41.76 in winning the 1000m at the 2009 USATF Colorado Indoor All-Comer. As a junior in 2008, Rickman grabbed second place at the Colorado 4A-5A State Track and Field Meet in the 1600m with a time of 4:16.94, setting a new personal best.