TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men and women combined to win five of eight ACC Outdoor Track & Field postseason awards, as selected by the conference’s coaches and released Friday.
Junior sprinter Andre Ewers, who earned three first-team All-American honors and was the second-highest point scorer at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, was selected as the ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Year. He finished second in the 200-meter dash, third in the 100-meter dash and anchored the Seminoles’ 4×100 relay to a fifth-place finish as the FSU men placed 11th.
“Andre had a storybook season,” said FSU coach Bob Braman, who was named ACC Men’s Outdoor Coach of the Year honors for the eighth time. “He not only ran incredibly fast times, but competed as well as any sprinter in the entire NCAA.”
Ewers, who led the Noles to the ACC team title last month and was named Men’s Track MVP after winning the 100 and 200, joins greats Walter Dix, Charles Clark, Maurice Mitchell and Dentarius Locke as FSU’s seventh ACC Performer of the Year. He owned the conference’s top times in the 100 and 200, as well as the Noles’ ACC-leading 4×100 relay.
Trey Cunningham rebounded from his third place finish in the 110-meter hurdles to place fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for first-team All-American honors. That earned the Winfield, Ala. native ACC Men’s Freshman of the Year honors.
“Trey had one of the finest freshman seasons in FSU history,” Braman said of the confernece leader in the 110 hurdles. “His clutch fourth-place finish at nationals makes him the clear-cut choice for Freshman of the Year honors.”
Cunningham was also the ACC Indoor Men’s Freshman of the Year.
The Seminole women were not short on award-worthy stars as a pair of freshmen were recognized for their contributions to the teams’ 14th-place NCAA finish.
Sprint sensation Ka’Tia Seymour, who set the ACC 100-meter dash record three times and broke Michelle Finn’s 32-year old FSU record (11.13), was named ACC Women’s Freshman of the Year.
The Palatka, Fla. native earned a pair of first-team All-American honors, placing fourth in the 200-meter dash after anchoring the 4×100 relay to an eighth-place finish. Seymour was also ninth in the 100, just seven one-thousandths of a second from making the final, but settling for second-team All-American honors.
“Ka’Tia statistically had one of the finest seasons in FSU history at the NCAA Championships,” Braman said. “She re-wrote the ACC 100-meter record book and was thousandths of a second from being a three-event, first-team All-American. She was deserving of ACC MVP honors and is easily our conference’s top freshman.”
Seymour also won the ACC Championship 100-meter title with meet and confernece records. She is the Noles’ sixth Freshman of the Year honoree; the first since teammate Shauna Helps in 2016.
Redshirt freshman Lauri Paredes Meza’s NCAA Championship debut was nothing short of amazing. Breaking her own FSU record for the third time with an opening round javelin toss of 55.17 meters (181-0), the native of Paraguay claimed the bronze medal.
That earned her ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Year honors over a strong field of candidates.
“Lauri had a phenomenal season, becoming just our second scorer at nationals in program history,” Braman said. “She performed on the big stage well beyond her years.”
Paredes Meza, who won the ACC javelin title by a wide margin, puts her alongside Seminole greats Kimberly Williams and Kellion Knibb as Field Performer of the Year honorees.