Brenda Cliette lettered in both basketball and track for the Seminoles as a freshman in 1983. She led the basketball team to a 24-6 record and it’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. Just a month later, Cliette was racing down the track winning gold medals at the World University Games and the Pan American Games. She was a three-time All-American as a freshman at the NCAA Championships in 1983. She would later be named FSU Female Athlete of the Year.
Cliette focused solely on track after her first year and went on to win gold medals at the World University Games, the US Olympic Festival and the Goodwill Games. As a sophomore in 1984, Cliette was a four-time All-American in the sprints and helped lead the Seminoles to the outdoor National Championship. She was selected as an alternate in the 200 meters for the United States Olympic Track team that competed in Los Angeles.