Jan. 16, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After winning the Lady Seminoles’ first-ever ACC Team Championship, Florida State’s track and field program wanted to make the right move to continue a winning tradition at FSU. With the departure of Olympian Kim Batten from Florida State, the Seminole coaching staff welcomes national-renowned athlete and former Olympic Champion, Maicel Malone-Wallace. Malone-Wallace brings her own winning tradition to the FSU coaching staff and will look to help the men’s and women’s squads capture another ACC Championship this season.
“I enjoy Coach Long, we have always been great friends,” Malone-Wallace says. “I feel that this is a good transition from the University of Florida. I will be going in a little bit of a different direction and utilizing some of my experience.”
Malone-Wallace’s resume reads like a lifetime wish list for aspiring athletes. Highlights of her track career include one Olympic gold medal (4x400m relay, 1996), two World Championships gold medals (4x400m relay and 400m, 1993), one World University Games gold medal (400m, 1991) and one Pan Am Games gold medal (4x400m relay, 1991). To add to her five career gold medals, Malone-Wallace has ran her way to three silver medals (Goodwill Games, 1990, U.S. Olympic Festival, 1990, World Championships, 1997) and a bronze medal at the 1990 U.S. Olympic Festival. She has also set two American records in the indoor 400m and the indoor 4x400m relay, both in 1991. In her time on the track, Malone-Wallace has captured seven NCAA titles, 11 All-American awards, two TAC/USA Championships and 10 PAC-10 titles. Additional accolades include being named the “Most Outstanding Athlete” of the 1990 Penn Relays after running the fastest 400m relay split in the meet’s 96-year history, named “Hanes Her Way Woman of the Year” for Arizona in 1991, as well as being the first ever female to win the NCAA indoor and outdoor 400m title, and the TAC 400m title in the same season.
“My primary responsibilities with FSU track and field are still being worked out, but I will be dealing in part, with the men’s and women’s sprinters,” Malone-Wallace says. “I will also be handling some of the disciplinary actions as well as working with the athletes on academics and athletics.”
Malone-Wallace and the FSU track and field team will travel to Gainesville, Fla., this weekend for the Florida Intercollegiates, the squad’s second meet of the 2001 indoor season.
MAICEL MALONE WALLACE'S TOP TIMES: 100m 11.47/11.18w 200m 22.59 400m 51.05 (indoor), 50.05 (outdoor) 800m 2:07.58