Dec. 5, 2007
New Orleans, La. – Following the close of a remarkable season for Florida State’s women’s cross country team, the national honors continue to fall in place for the Seminoles.
On the heels of her third-place performance at the NCAA Championships, sophomore Susan Kuijken picked up her second cross country All-America award from the USTFCCCA. Senior Barbara Parker was awarded her first All-America honor for finishing seventh in the championship race.
“This is only the second time in our history that we’ve had two cross country All-Americans in the same year,” said head coach Bob Braman. “It’s exciting and it’s even more exciting to have two in the top ten, that’s an extremely rare occasion.”
Florida State’s newest cross country All-Americans played a major role in leading the Seminole women to their best finish at the national meet to date, as the team came in third overall. The top-five finish capped off the team’s best season in school history, which included a program-first ACC Championship, NCAA South Region Championship and a second-place finish at the NCAA Pre-Nationals.
In addition to her second cross country All-America award, Netherlands-native Kuijken was also recognized as one of the finalists for cross country’s highest honor, the Cross Country Honda Sports Award. Going into the national meet, Kuijken was undefeated for the season with five first-place finishes. She also holds the record for the school’s second-fastest 6k time, set earlier this season before her All-ACC and All-Region performances. Kuijken was also the recipient of the ACC Performer of the Week award four times during the course of the season.
“Obviously for Susan to be a finalist for the national athlete of the year award in our sport is just phenomenal,” said Braman. “This just shows the progress of the program and the job that Coach [Karen] Harvey’s doing, taking them from a good program to a great program–and a contender for national honors and national titles. Things are going in the right direction and Coach Harvey is to be credited for these successes.”
Harvey was also honored during the season as both the ACC and South Region Coach of the Year for women’s cross country. In just her first season with the Seminoles, Harvey coached two All-Americans, seven All-Region team members and two All-ACC team members. Under her direction, the team has also set five of the school’s top 10 fastest times.