June 10, 2008
NEW ORLEANS, La. –
Given the recent success of the Florida State track and field program, postseason awards are becoming almost formality rather than an unexpected surprise. The Seminoles collected a trio of awards as announced by the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association with head coach Bob Braman, assistant coach Karen Harvey and sophomore Hannah England all honored for their work this season.
For the fourth year in a row, Braman was named the NCAA South Region Outdoor Track Coach of the Year. This season he led the Seminoles to their fourth-straight East Regional Championships as well as their fourth-consecutive ACC Outdoor Track and Field title. The 2006 & 2007 USTFCCCA Division I National Coach of the Year, Braman will take his men’s team into this week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships as one of the favorites to win the meet.
“It’s always nice to be recognized by your peers, but this is more of a reflection of the efforts of the entire staff,” Braman said. “Every one of our assistants are at or near the top of their events and any one of them could have picked up the men’s assistant award.”
This is not the first time Harvey has won a regional award from the coaching association, but it is her inaugural award on the track. A two-time winner during the cross country season, she was named the South Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year. She has three runners in the NCAA Championships, including England. Her runners brought home four All-East Region awards to go along with a pair of All-ACC accolades.
“This award is long over due for Karen,” Braman added. “She’s done such a great job with our women’s distance crew this year. Hannah has had such a great year, indoor and outdoor, and she’s got a great chance to add the 1500m title on top of the indoor mile championship this week.”
The 2008 track and field campaign has been a tremendous one for England (Oxford, England), who was named South Region Women’s Athlete of the Year. She comes into the NCAA Championships ranked third in the 1500m after winning the event at the NCAA East Regional meet. After winning the mile run at the NCAA Indoor Championships, she captured the 800m title at the ACC Championships.
In addition to the three regional awards, Florida State was awarded numerous all-region accolades. The men had 14 All-East Region awards as well as both relays and the women had seven individual selections and the 4x400m relay.
Both squads’ seasons come to a close this weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, June 11-14 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
FSU’s All-East Region Selections
Walter Dix 100m Dash
Michael Ray Garvin 100m Dash
Walter Dix 200m Dash
Charles Clark 200m Dash
Michael Ray Garvin 200m Dash
Gonzalo Barroilhet 110m Hurdles
Elliot Wood 400m Hurdles
Javier Garcia-Tunon 400m Hurdles
Luke Gunn Steeplechase
Mark Buckingham Steeplechase
Ngoni Makusha Long Jump
Brian Chibudu Long Jump
Rayon Taylor Triple Jump
Gonzalo Barroilhet Pole Vault
Garvin, Byram, Garvin, Clark 4x100m Relay
Mitchell, Wood, Byram, Williams 4x400m Relay
Teona Rodgers 100m Hurdles
Pilar McShine 800m
Hannah England 1500m
Susan Kuijken 1500m
Lydia Willemse Steeplechase
Tiara Swanagan Triple Jump
Kim Williams Triple Jump
Smith, St. Louis, Richmond, Batchelor 4x400m Relay