March 10, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
After a strong showing at the ACC Indoor Championships, the accolades are starting to roll in for the Florida State track and field teams. Head coach Kim Williams grabbed conference honors.
For the fourth year in a row, Braman was honored by the national coaching organization with its NCAA South Region Men’s Coach of the Year Award. It is his 11th regional coaching award and the 19th coaching honor of his career.
“I feel very fortunate to be honored, but I really felt like both coach (Dennis) Nobles and coach (Ken) Harnden deserved Assistant Coach of the Year honors,” Braman said. “It’s also hard to make a case against Susan Kuijken for female Athlete of the Year in the South, especially since she’s ranked in the top five nationally in three events and just set two ACC records. I guess we’ll see this weekend whether the voting was on the mark or not.”
In addition to Braman’s coaching honor, Florida State student-athletes claimed three awards from the ACC. Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile) grabbed both the Male Field Performer of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) took home the top rookie honors on the women’s side.
“We’re really excited to have two of the top freshmen in the country, competing at such a high level, on our team,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “It’s a great honor for both of them. It’s exciting for Gonzalo as a freshman to be the top field performer as well and Kim could have been the top field performer as well. This really reflects well on the future of the program at Florida State.”
All Barroilhet did in his first collegiate attempt at the heptathlon was set a new Florida State, ACC and ACC Championships record with his score of 5,765. His mark ranks fifth in the country. Williams was a strong candidate for Field Performer honors after winning the triple jump at the ACC Championships and taking second in the long jump. Currently she has the longest triple jump in the country with a leap of 13.72m (45-00.00) that reset the school’s indoor record.
Barroilhet will try to help the third-ranked men’s team win its first NCAA Indoor title while Williams is trying to get the No. women’s program to its first top 10 finish since 1986. The NCAA Championships begin Friday in Fayetteville, Ark.