Dec. 5, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida high school standout Valerie Flournoy signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Florida State Seminoles track and field team, head coach Bob Braman announced on Monday, December 05, 2005. Flournoy, who signed in late November, is an eight-time FHSAA state champion from Gainesville, Fla., who is expected to compete in sprints and hurdles for Florida State.
“Certainly, we’re ecstatic to sign a Florida high school state champion,” said head coach Bob Braman, who was recently named NCAA South Region Coach of the Year. “She is one of the top ten high hurdlers in the country. It’s a big pickup for us. It’s pretty exciting. She’s a good sign for us and hopefully one of many we’re going to bring in with a large graduating class on the women’s side.”
In 2005, Flournoy won the 100m and 200m titles in 12.42 and 25.57. In the 100m hurdles, she had a top mark of 14.03 and had a distance of 18’4″ in the long jump. The Florida Dairy Farmers’ Miss Track award winner is an honor student at the University of Florida’s Lab School, the same school of current Seminole Shannon Stuckman. Her familiarity with college athletics stems from her father’s football career with the Gators.
The Florida State women’s track and field team is coming off a very competitive 2004-05 season. The squad took sixth place at the ACC Indoor Championships and sent three to the NCAA Outdoor National Championships. Top returnees for this season include 2003 NCAA Indoor Pole Vault National Champion Lacy Janson, who will try to continue her undefeated streak in league championships, NCAA qualifier Deanna Lane, one of the top pentathletes in the league and All-American distance runner Natalie Hughes.