February 21, 2008 - by
Florida State Women’s Track and Field Adds New Talent With Top Recruits

Feb. 21, 2008

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Tallahassee, Fla.- To help the Florida State women’s track and field team continue its climb up the conference and national ladders of success, the squad will now add a handful of powerful recruits from across the nation. Five talented runners will join the team this fall including the fourth-best 800m runner in the country, Christal Washginton, and Candyce McGrone, ranked No. 5 in the 100m dash.

“This will be one of our best recruiting classes ever,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We expect all of these athletes to come right in and score at the ACC level and some of them possibly even at the national level. We’re very excited about this group and we have plans to add several others before the recruiting period is over.”

In addition to Washigton and McGrone, the Seminoles will also add a trio of distance runners including high school All-Ameircan Kacey Gibson, the 2007 Alabama Cross Country 6A state champion Jennifer Dunn and the 2007 OFSAA Cross Country Gold Medalist Keesha Danso-Dapaah.

The Seminole women will be back in action next weekend at the 2008 ACC Indoor Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Kacey Gibson
New Castle, Penn.

•2006-07 Lawrence County Female Athlete of the Year
•2007 High School All-American Cross Country
•Three-time WPIAL Class AA cross country champion
•Won back-to-back WPIAL titles in the 1600m
•Holds a personal-best 3200m time of 10:53.10
•Top 5000m career time is 17:27.00

Jennifer Dunn
Decatur, Ala.

•2007 Alabama Cross Country 6A State Champion
•Set a course record at the state meet with a time of 17:44.04
•Holds state titles in the indoor and outdoor 3200m
•First person to win the Decatur Daily Female Runner of the Year award four consecutive times.

Christal Washington
Hollywood, Fla.
(South Broward)

•2006, 2007 FHSAA Class 4A Champion
•Fourth-ranked 800m high school runner in the nation
•Broward County 800m Champion
•Set personal best at the Nike Outdoor Nationals with a 2:05.83

Keesha Danso-Dapaah
Mississauga, Ontario
(St. Aloysius Gonzaga)

•2007 OFSAA Cross Country Gold Medalist with a time of 17:38.90
•2007 Ontario High School Champion
•2007 Mississauga Female Athlete of the Year
•Member of the fourth-place 4x100m relay team at the 4th Eastern Canadian Espoir Team Championship

Candyce McGrone
Indianapolis, Indiana
(Warren Central)

•Fifth-ranked high school 100m sprinter in the nation with a career-high time of 11.29
•Indiana State Champion in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay
•Ran a personal-best 23.24 in the 200m at the 2007 USATF Junior Nationals

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