June 24, 2010
Florida State track and field standouts, juniors Kimberly Williams and Gonzalo Barroilhet, have been named First Team selections on the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Men’s & Women’s Track and Field Teams, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Barroilhet earned second-team honors in 2009.
“It is so gratifying to see two remarkable athletes equally excel in their academic lives, FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “Both Kimmie and Gonzalo had challenging years athletically because of nagging injuries but that didn’t stop them from taking care of business in the classroom and that makes us very, very proud.”
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Williams is a four-time NCAA champion in the triple and long jump. In 2010, she won the indoor triple jump while in 2009, she won the outdoor title in both the triple and long jump. A seven-time All-American, she has won eight ACC titles and has been named All-ACC nine times. A sport management major with a 3.38 GPA, Williams was named the 2010 ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the 2009 NCAA Field Athlete of the Year, 2009 NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year and the 2008 and 2009 ACC Outdoor Field Performer of the Year. She holds Florida State records in the indoor and outdoor triple jump as well as the outdoor long jump. Despite her notable performances throughout the 2010 outdoor season, Williams was fighting an ongoing injury that prevented her from defending her 2009 long jump title at nationals.
A member of Florida State’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship team, Barroilhet struggled through an injury-riddled junior year for the Seminoles. A management major with a 3.84 GPA, Barroilhet was the NCAA Division I champion in the heptathlon in 2008. A two-time All-American in the heptathlon and the decathlon, he owns school records in both events. The 2008 ACC champ in the heptathlon, he was named as the ACC Indoor Freshman of the Year. A native of Santiago, Chile, he competed in the Olympics in 2008.