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Now in her eighth season as Florida State’s women’s distance and cross country coach, Karen Harvey has transformed the Seminoles into one of the nation’s most decorated and respected programs.

On the track the women’s distance contingent has earned 24 first-team All-America honors between the indoor and outdoor seasons and excelled at distances from 800 to 10,000 meters. Colleen Quigley placed sixth at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships in the mile, while Linden Hall was third at the Outdoor Championships in the 1500. In 2013, Amanda Winslow earned NCAA Indoor runner-up honors in the mile, establishing a new ACC record with the 10th-fastest time in collegiate history.

For eight consecutive years indoors and nine consecutive years outdoors the Seminoles have produced at least one first-team All-American in the mile and 1500, respectively. Highlighted by Quigley’s runner-up at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor meet, Harvey has also produced four All-Americans in the 3000 steeplechase. Since the start of the 2008 indoor track season, Harvey-coached Seminoles have earned 29 All-American honors.

Not surprisingly the Noles have been a force within the ACC. Aided by a 1-2 finish in the mile by Quigley and Hall, the FSU women won the ACC Indoor Championships. Outdoors, Quigley claimed her second consecutive ACC steeplechase title, leading a distance team which piled up enough points to help the ‘Noles to a team title to complete the ACC Triple Crown. In all, Harvey-coached runners have claimed 23 ACC titles between the indoor and outdoor seasons.

FSU’s cross country teams have been a perennial NCAA title contender and ACC juggernaut. The Seminoles have made nine consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, finished in the top four six times, claimed six NCAA South Region titles and carried home the ACC Championship trophy seven times.

Beyond developing teams capable of producing championships at the highest level, Harvey’s first eight teams have produced 18 All-Americans, five NCAA South Region and four ACC individual champions. Not surprisingly, Harvey has been selected ACC Coach of the Year each of her seven times, and won six NCAA South Region Coach of the Year honors in eight years.

Throughout her coaching career Harvey has established a reputation for developing cross country stars from outstanding middle-distance runners, including 2011 World Championship track & field silver medalist Hannah England, Pilar McShine and Hannah Brooks. Her most recent protégé along those lines was Lagat, who capped her collegiate career in the fall by following up her ACC cross country title by winning the NCAA South Region meet, followed by a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championship meet.

Beyond performance-based results on the course and track, Harvey’s teams have flourished academically, earning USTFCCA All-Academic honors both in cross country and track. Quigley earned ACC Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-American honors for the 2013-14 school year. Winslow swept ACC Indoor and Outdoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in 2013 and earned CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. Seminoles have also won four of the last five ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in cross country.

As a team, the Florida State cross country women have been the recipient USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in each of Harvey’s seven seasons and never dipped below a cumulative 3.0 GPA. They have also been active in a wide range of community service endeavors.

Prior to joining the Florida State staff, Harvey transformed Illinois into a top 10 cross country programs over a five-year run from 2002-2006. She launched her coaching career as a two-year, volunteer cross country and track & field assistant coach at her alma mater, Michigan, before taking the Illinois post.

An accomplished athlete collegiately and professionally, Harvey was ranked No. 1 in the world in the steeplechase in 1998. A native of Brantford, Ontario, Harvey was a nine-time member of the Canadian national team, including three World cross country teams.
Collegiately, Harvey collected All-American honors in both cross country and track at Michigan between 1991-1995. She was 21st at the 1992 NCAA Cross Country Championships and also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 1992 and 1995. On the track, Harvey finished eighth in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships and fifth in the 3,000 meters in 1995.

A 1995 Michigan graduate, she was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, winning the 1995 Scholar Athlete of the Year award.

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