TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Four Florida State cross country runners and the women’s team were recognized for their outstanding seasons on the course and in the classroom by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Friday. Redshirt junior Stanley Linton was one of 90 Division I men selected for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the 2015 season, while a trio of Seminole women – freshman Carmela Cardama Baez, redshirt sophomore Bridget Blake and senior Christine Griggs – were among 160 women bestowed the honor nationally.
The USTFCCCA recognizes only athletes who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25, who also finished in the top 25 at their respective NCAA Region Championship meet.
In addition to the individual honors, the Florida State women were selected for All-Academic team honors, boasting a 3.286 team grade point average. This marks the sixth consecutive year, and first under head coach Kelly Phillips, that the Seminole women have been honored.
Linton, a math major who will graduate in April and be heading to Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Fla., is a first-time honoree. The Crawfordville, Fla. native, who made the team as a walk-on, earned All-ACC and All-ACC Academic honors and helped the Seminole men to the South Region title and an NCAA Championships berth.
Baez capped a brilliant freshman season for the Noles, highlighted by her ninth-place finish at the ACC Championships. In addition to earning All-ACC and All-ACC Academic honors, the psychology major was FSU’s top finisher at the NCAA South Region meet, placing 11th.
Blake, a communications major, finished 19th with Griggs, a hospitality management major, on her heels in 20th to collect All-South Region honors. They helped the Seminoles turn in a season-best fourth-place effort; three spots higher than they were ranked and just four points out of third place.
It marks the sixth consecutive year that at least three FSU women have been selected to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team.