TALLAHASSEE – Florida State juniors Trey Cunningham and Ka’Tia Seymour were selected U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Region Indoor Track Athletes of the Year Friday, and joined by South Region Men’s Coach of the Year, Bob Braman.
Cunningham and Seymour are the first Noles to win Indoor Track Athlete of the Year honors since the program’s 2006 inception. Braman, in his 17th season of guiding the program, was selected as the Men’s Coach of the Year for the seventh time; the most in South Region history.
The honors come a week after the honored Noles turned in historic ACC Championship performances at Notre Dame.
“I’m really happy for Ka’Tia and Trey,” Braman said. “Trey not only dominated the region this season, he’s dominated the entire country and is truly deserving of this honor.
“Ka’Tia has been the best sprinter in the South this season and put herself in contention for national titles as well. Her ACC domination didn’t go unnoticed in earning this award.”
Cunningham, top-ranked nationally and unbeaten against collegiate competition in the 60-meter hurdles this season, became the first man to win three consecutive ACC hurdle titles. He broke his own conference championship record when he ran 7.60 in Saturday’s final, helping the Noles to their third consecutive and 13th all-time team title. The Winfield, Ala. native’s lifetime-best time of 7.51 this season ties him for the seventh-fastest in collegiate history and is both an ACC and FSU record.
Seymour continued her career reign over the ACC in short sprints, successfully defending both her 60- and 200-meter titles and anchoring the Noles’ third-place 4×400 relay. She set personal-bests and facility records in both short sprints, running 7.17 and 22.82 on Saturday, and was rewarded with her third consecutive ACC Championship Track MVP trophy. The Palatka, Fla. native is the first woman to stake her claim to that feat.
Both athletes will compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships, March 13-14 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Cunningham, who has been as season-long fixture on The Bowerman Watch List, is the No. 1 seed in the 60-meter hurdles. Seymour is seeded third in the 60-meter dash and sixth in the 200 entering the meet.
Braman’s record seventh Indoor South Region Men’s Coach of the Year honor comes on the heels of the eighth-ranked Seminoles running away with the ACC title at Notre Dame. The Noles piled up 140 points and outdistanced runner-up and favorite Virginia Tech by 31, punctuating his 11th men’s team title. The point total and margin of victory were the largest since the ACC expanded prior to the 2014 season.
“I’m humbled to accept this award on behalf of our entire program,” Braman said. “We have the best coaching staff in the country and that’s what this honor is about.”