Nov. 11, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
Head women’s cross country coach Karen Harvey earned her third consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year honor as announced by the league office on Wednesday. Harvey led her squad to its third straight ACC title as the Seminoles claimed the 2009 ACC title Oct. 31 in Cary, N.C.
“I have been very blessed to work for Florida State University and have such talented and dedicated athletes to coach,” Karen Harvey said. “By no means could the team have had the success we have had this year without awesome trainers, volunteer coaches and our graduate manager. I accept this award on behalf of my support staff and thank them for their sacrifices and care they show these young ladies.”
In earning the award for the third-straight year, Harvey directed the Seminoles to this year’s ACC women’s cross country title as they totaled 37 points and out-distanced runner-up Duke by 34 points. All five Florida State runners placed in the top 15, including Susan Kuijken, the league’s individual champion for the third year in a row. Harvey’s Seminoles are ranked ninth in the latest USTFCCCA poll.
Kuijken helped carry the Seminoles in their run toward the conference title with a first place finish and garnered ACC Performer of the Year honors as a result.
“I’m excited that I got ACC Performer of the year,” Susan Kuijken said. “I feel like I had a slow start this season, as well as the rest of the team, but things are really coming around now. We are improving every week and I cannot wait to see what we can do at Regionals and Nationals.”