June 8, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships just two days away, the Florida State women’s track and field team received news Monday that two Seminoles were being honored with a pair of the region’s highest awards by the USTFCCCA. Assistant coach Kim Williams was awarded the South Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year.
Although Harvey has been with the Seminole family for only two years, the Michigan graduate has reached new levels of success each season. Already this year, Harvey has helped the women achieve the coveted Triple Crown by winning ACC titles at the cross country and indoor and outdoor championships and now looks to battle for the school’s second outdoor national title. The women’s squad first started turning heads at the indoor conference meet as the Seminoles made history with their first indoor ACC title. With head coach Bob Braman’s help, the women went on to dominate the ACC Outdoor Championship by earning several medals to help win the outdoor crown. After continuing intense preparation, Harvey had her sights set on the East Regional meet where she again guided the women to the title for the first time in school history.
“I am thrilled to receive this award on behalf of Florida State University,” Harvey said. “It has been such a privilege to coach and develop these talented young ladies. I really want to thank everyone who has supported our team and me. This is not a “one person show”; many, many people have helped get these ladies to the line.”
One of FSU’s most decorated athletes, Williams continues to break records in each season at FSU. Just two weeks ago at the regional meet, the sophomore broke the facility and East Regional meet record with her triple jump of 13.98m. Her jump bettered her chart topping jump at FSU and is noted as the nation’s best performance this season. Williams also holds FSU’s long jump record with her regional mark of 6.66m. This is the second award of the season for the Kingston, Jamaica, native who also earned the 2009 ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Year.
“I feel honored to receive this award,” Williams said. “I just want to thank my coaching staff and especially Coach Nobles for believing that I could really excel in both jumps. Getting this award is a motivation for this week’s competition.”