TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Paced by all-conference and all-region performers Stanley Linton and Carmela Cardama Baez, five members of the Florida State cross country teams have been selected to the All-ACC Academic team for the 2015 season. Linton, a redshirt junior from Crawfordville, Fla., enjoyed his finest season as a Seminole, earning All-ACC honors for his 19th-place finish at the conference championship meet.
He followed up by placing 14th at the NCAA South Region, helping the Noles secure a spot at the NCAA Championships, where he was FSU’s top finisher in his final collegiate cross country race.
A mathematics major and a member of the ROTC program, Linton is headed to Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Fla. this summer following graduation.
Joining Linton from the FSU men’s team is redshirt sophomore Bryce Kelley, who was a fixture in the FSU lineup throughout the season. The Hope Valley, R.I. native is a junior academically and majoring in creative writing.
“It’s always a great honor to have our student-athletes honored for their academic excellence, especially when competing against the best academic institutions in the country,” FSU men’s coach Bob Braman said. “Stanley and Bryce are all-in with both their athletics and academics.”
This marks the 11th consecutive season the FSU men have had at least two representatives on the All-ACC Academic team.
Carmela Cardama Baez, a freshman from Vigo, Spain, closed the season as the top performer on the women’s team. Her ninth-place finish at the ACC Championships was the highest by an FSU freshman since Colleen Quigley (sixth, 2011), and she followed up by placing 11th at the NCAA South Region. In addition to earning All-ACC and All-South Region honors, the psychology major also excelled academically.
Senior Georgia Peel, an international affairs major from Chobham, Surrey, Great Britain, is the lone repeat All-ACC Academic selection among the Seminoles. Peel’s final cross country season began with a bang as she claimed individual titles at both the Covered Bridge Open and Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational, earning ACC Performer of the Week honors along the way. She consistently finished among FSU’s top three throughout the season.
Fellow senior Christine Griggs enjoyed a breakout campaign in her final season. Rising through the ranks, the Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. native and hospitality management major was at her best down the stretch, following up a 30th-place finish at the ACC Championships by finishing 20th to earn All-South Region honors.
“It’s always great to see athletes take their class work as seriously as their running,” first-year FSU women’s coach Kelly Phillips said. “All three of these women not only had tremendous cross country seasons, but their grades are yet another affirmation that you can be both a great student and a great athlete; one doesn’t have to compromise the other. I’m very proud of them and their accomplishments this past season.”
The Seminole women have had at least three representatives on the All-ACC Academic team for eight consecutive years.
To be eligible for consideration for the team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his undergraduate academic career. Graduate students needed to maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average for both the previous semester and for their graduate school careers.