TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the second consecutive year, Florida State’s Brandon Hon has been selected the South Region Women’s Assistant Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Hon, now in his sixth season with the Noles and fourth as director of sprints, hurdles & relays, saw his group score 46 of the team’s 85 points at last week’s ACC Indoor Championships in a runner-up finish. Florida State finished just six points behind Miami, despite competing at less than full strength.
Sophomore Ka’Tia Seymour collected her second consecutive ACC Championship Track MVP award after sweeping the 60- and 200-meter dash titles. Redshirt freshman Karimah Davis was the silver medalist in the 200 and 400, while Cortney Jones finished third in the 60-meter hurdles.
Jayla Kirkland, Seymour and Jones have qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala. With Kirkland doubling in the 60 and 200, Seymour competing in the 60 dash and Jones in the hurdles, the trio account for four of the five events being contested by the 16th-ranked FSU women.
“Brandon’s done a great job with our kids,” said FSU head coach Bob Braman. “He’s truly deserving of this honor. Our women’s team is definitely on the move nationally.”
Over the course of the 2019 indoor season Hon’s athletes have posted seven new additions to FSU’s all-time top 10 list. Three of those came at the ACC Championship meet when Davis moved to No. 3 on the all-time list in the 400 (53.02) and was joined by junior Janae Caldwell (53.91), who placed seventh and checks in at No. 7. Davis’ 23.53 200-meter performance at the meet ranks seventh all-time.
Seymour opened the year by moving to No. 3 alone on the 60-meter dash list (7.21) and is the No. 7 seed entering the NCAA Championships. Kirkland has climbed to No. 2 all-time in the 200-meter dash, following her 23.00 at the Texas Tech Matador Qualifier.
Caldwell, Kirkland, Seymour and Davis also posted the 10th-fastest 4×400 relay time in program history (3:39.66). Junior transfer Ashley Miller’s 8.24 in the 60-meter hurdles stands at No. 7.
Florida State currently boasts three sprinters ranked among the top 50 nationally in both the 60- and 200-meter dashes.
Prior to his arrival at FSU for the start of the 2013-14 school year, Hon spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Cincinnati, where he also excelled as a hurdler and sprinter.