June 20, 2014 - by
Locke, Braman Claim Top ACC Track Honors

June 20, 2014

Florida State senior sprint star Dentarius Locke and head track & field coach Bob Braman share more in common than just being graduates of Tampa Chamberlain High School.

On Friday, Locke and Braman – for the second consecutive year – were selected Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Outdoor Track Performer and Coach of the Year, respectively.

Locke closed out his decorated Florida State career with a runner-up finish in the 100-meter dash at last week’s NCAA Championships, after helping the Seminoles to their second consecutive ACC Outdoor Championship team title.

“This is a fantastic honor for Dentarius,” said FSU head coach Bob Braman. “It’s a great final honor to add to his storybook career as a Seminole.”

Locke has been nothing short of sensational in two seasons as a Seminole, after transferring from Tennessee. His silver medal showing in the 100-meter dash, in a season-best time of 10.02 last week in Eugene, Ore., was the highest finish of any Atlantic Coast Conference athlete – male or female – over the course of the four-day meet. It brought his first-team All-American count as a Seminole to seven.

He currently ranks No. 4 all-time among Seminoles in the 100-meter dash with a career-best time of 9.96. Locke is also a member of FSU’s record-holding indoor 4×400 relay team.

In April, Locke was instrumental in FSU’s team title at the ACC Championships, claiming gold in the 100 and the 4×100 relay, while finishing third in the 200 and contributing a leg to the meet-clinching, third-place 4×400 relay. For his efforts, he was selected the ACC’s Most Outstanding Track Performer for the second consecutive season.

With his second consecutive honor, Locke joins Maurice Mitchell (2011, 2012) as the only Seminole to repeat as ACC Track Performer of the Year. It also marks the ninth time – and eighth in the last 10 years – the honor has bestowed on a Seminole as he joins Mitchell, Charles Clark (2009), Walter Dix (2007), Ricardo Chamber (2006), Tom Lancashire (2005) and Phillip Riley (1994).

Locke also claimed the ACC Men’s Indoor Track Performer of the Year Award earlier this season, after following his conference title in the 60-meter dash by becoming the program’s first NCAA champion at that distance.

Braman is no stranger to ACC coaching accolades. He has now won 18 ACC Coach of the Year honors between cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field. The Seminole men led the scoring at the ACC Outdoor Championships for the 11th time in 13 years and ninth under Braman’s watch. Florida State tied for 20th place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which was the highest finish among ACC teams.

Braman swept ACC Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year honors for both the 2014 indoor and 2013 outdoor seasons.

Locke is among three Seminoles who will be participating at the USA Track & Field Championships next week in Sacramento, Cal., where he will be joined by James Harris and Kala Funderburk. Newly-minted Jamaica national record-holder Kellion Knibb will be competing in the discus at her country’s national championship.

Also, underclassmen Michael Cherry, Austin Droogsma and Sidney Over will be joined by signees Zyaire Clemes, Trentavis Friday and Kendal Williams at the US Junior National Championships in Eugene, Ore. Rising sophomore Nicole Setterington will compete at the Canadian Junior National Championships.

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