TALLAHASSEE – Florida State led all Atlantic Coast Conference schools, claiming three of eight major awards at the conclusion of the 2019 Outdoor Track & Field season.
Junior Shanice Love was selected as the Women’s Field Performer of the Year, while Bryand Rincher claimed Men’s Freshman of the Year honors. Bob Braman was named ACC Women’s Coach of the Year.
Theirs are fitting honors at the conclusion of an outstanding season by the Seminole women and men.
Love was a dominant force in the discus throughout the season, winning six titles in eight meets, including her second consecutive ACC title. The Kingston, Jamaica native earned first-team All-American honors with a silver medal finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, narrowly missing the ACC and FSU school records with a personal-best throw of 62.96 meters (205-8).
Her performance catapulted the Noles to a share of 10th place at the national championship meet, which came on the heels of their runaway ACC title, where she defended her crown with a throw of 58.83 meters. Love qualified No. 1 from the NCAA East Preliminary with a mark of 61.04 meters.
“Shanice has evolved into a world-class discus thrower,” Braman said. “She’s always done impressive things in practice and has been a force in the ACC, but she finished up her season with an NCAA runner-up finish with several throws that are truly world-class. Shanice is a great representative of the ACC and is certainly deserving of Field Athlete of the Year.”
Rincher once again showed why he is a rising force on the sprint scene by performing at his best when it mattered most. The No. 21 seed entering the NCAA Championships in the 100-meter dash, he qualified for the final where he dropped a personal-best time of 10.06 to place fifth overall for first-team All-American honors. That effort set the Haitian national record in the 100 and moved him to No. 7 in FSU’s all-time top-10 list.
In addition to his exploits in the 100, Rincher led off FSU’s NCAA runner-up 4×100 relay, which broke the ACC record twice at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, capped by their blazing 38.08 in the final. That time also broke the old NCAA record.
The FSU men finished 17th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which, like the women, was tops among ACC schools.
“I’m really pleased for Bryand,” Braman said. “In the championship meets he’s the toughest guy on the starting line. He just doesn’t think he’s going to be beaten. He’s had an amazing freshman season, second to perhaps only the great Walter Dix, and he has all the characteristics that Walt had at his age. The future is extremely bright for Bryand.”
Rincher also won ACC Indoor Freshman of the Year honors, capped by his fifth-place NCAA 60-meter dash finals performance.
Braman was recognized in a vote of his colleague’s as the Women’s Coach of the Year, after guiding the Noles to a runaway victory at the ACC Championships, where they posted the highest point total and won by the largest margin since the conference has expanded to 15 teams.
It marks the second ACC Coach of the Year honor of the academic year for Braman, who was the recipient of the Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year award as well. He has won 24 ACC Coach of the Year honors between the cross country, indoor and outdoor seasons.
“I’m excited for our staff to be recognized with this award,” Braman said. “My assistant coaches are some of the best in the entire country and they did a magnificent job with our ladies this season.”