May 30, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– The Florida State track & field program, which will be well-represented at next week’s NCAA Outdoor Championship meet, continues to set a high standard when it comes to academic excellence as well.
On Thursday, four Seminoles – two men and two women – were selected as members of the Capital One Academic All-District Track/Cross Country teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Senior Michael Fout and sophomore Stefan Brits were selected to the men’s team, while senior Amanda Winslow and sophomore Colleen Quigley were women’s team selections from District 4. The award recognizes the top 10 student-athletes who have distinguished themselves both competitively and academically from eight districts nationally.
“It’s another great haul for Florida State track & field academic awards,” Florida State track & field head coach Bob Braman said. “We’ve had a quite a history of doing this. Over the last 10 years we compare with anyone in the country when it comes to producing CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and this is the first step in that process.”
As All-District selections, the four Seminoles are automatically eligible for Capital One Academic All-American honors, which will be announced next month.
“We’ve really made it a tradition and we are becoming – if we aren’t already – the top program in the country when it comes to turning out outstanding student-athletes,” Braman said.
The Florida State track & field and cross country programs have produced 20 Academic All-Americans in the history of the program. Even more impressively, 19 of those have been selected since 2005, including a trio of Seminoles – Gonzalo Barroilhet, Hannah Brooks and Michelle Jenije – last year.
All four of the 2012-13 honorees come well-decorated in both areas.
Fout, from La Porte, Ind., boasts a cumulative 3.45 GPA and is completing his degree in Psychology and has earned All-District honors for a second consecutive year. Brits, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, has a 3.94 GPA in Chemical Science.
Winslow, from Lawrenceville, Ga., is also a two-time All-District selection and is completing her degree in Sport Management where she carries a 3.78 GPA. Quigley is a first-time All-District selection and the St. Louis, Mo. native boasts a 3.97 GPA in Dietetics.
Perhaps even more impressively, all four of this year’s honorees will be competing at next week’s NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet in Eugene, Ore. Each of them have earned All-American honors in either track or cross country over the course of their careers.
“Our best kids are also our best students as well, which is really quite an honor,” Braman said.