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Aug. 29, 1997

FSU’s Custer Named State of Florida NCAA Woman Of The Year


OVERLAND PARK, KS — Casey Custer, a four-year member of the Florida
State University Track & Field Team, has been selected as the state of
Florida’s 1997 NCAA Woman of the Year. The award is given to outstanding
female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, and
community leadership.


Ten finalists will be announced in early September with the winner
announced at an awards dinner October 19, 1997, at the Westin Crown Center
Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.


“This is quite an honor for Casey to represent the entire State in this
regard,” said FSU Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “She is simply an
outstanding person. We are very proud of her.”


Custer achieved All-America status earlier this year as a member of the
Lady Seminole 4×100-meter relay team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. A
two-time member of the All-ACC Track & Field Team, she recently won the
1997 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship and was inducted into
the Florida State Senior Hall of Fame. While at FSU, Custer was an NCAA
YES Clinic group leader and also volunteered with the Special Olympics, the
Say No to Drugs campaign and the student-athlete advisory council.


“It’s really an honor just to be nominated by Florida State because there
are many talented and deserving athletes here,” said Custer. “I was
surprised when I found out that I had been named as Florida’s winner. It
is very exciting. I’ve had a wonderful career here and I couldn’t have
done it all without the support from my family, the administration and my
coaches.”


A native of Arlington, TX, Custer has already earned her bachelor’s
degree in communication with a minor in English and will receive her
master’s degree in athletic administration this spring. She currently
serves as a graduate assistant in the FSU student development office and
still plans to run competitively during track season.

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