TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State sophomore sprinter Ka’Tia Seymour and coach Bob Braman collected US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association honors Friday, when they were named South Region Women’s Track Performer and Women’s Coach of the Year, respectively.
It’s the first such honor for Seymour, who – for the second consecutive season – will compete in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 4×100 relay at next week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships in Austin, Texas.
The Palatka, Fla. native qualified in all three events at last week’s NCAA East Preliminary in an encore performance to her dominating ACC Outdoor Championships showing. Seymour was selected the ACC Championship Track MVP after winning the 100-meter dash in meet and facility record time, then adding the 200-meter dash. Along with her contributions to a runner-up 4×100 relay, she helped the Noles to their fifth ACC outdoor title, setting records for the most points and widest margin of victory in the conference’s 15-team alignment history.
“Ka’Tia has had a dream season,” Braman said. “She’s been healthy all year, dominant in the ACC and poised to lead our ladies to an NCAA Championship podium finish. She’s a fantastic leader and has contributed mightily to our No. 3 national ranking.”
She enters the NCAA Championship meet ranked seventh nationally in the 100 (11.08) and 11th in the 200 (22.73). The Noles’ 4×100 relay also owns the nation’s seventh-best time (43.38).
Braman, in his 16th season as the Noles’ head coach, collected his second South Region Women’s Coach of the Year honor, just two years after claiming the 2016 award. He is also a four-time South Region Men’s Coach of the Year.
“I’m honored to receive the award, but in a sport like track & field, it’s truly a staff honor,” Braman said. “We have the best assistant coaches in the country. Brandon [Hon], Dorian [Scott], Keith [Herston] and Kelly [Phillips] all were worthy of Assistant Coach of the Year honors. This award represents their hard work.”
With significant contributions from all event groups, the Noles scored 134 points to win the program’s fifth ACC title – the fourth under Braman – by 41.5 points.
The FSU women followed up with a strong qualifying effort at the NCAA East Preliminary, advancing 11 to the NCAA Championships – fifth-highest in the country and a modern-era program best – which begin Wednesday at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus. The Noles enter as the No. 3 team in the national rankings; their highest entering the championships.