July 16, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Proving to be a dominate force both on and off the field is sophomore Kim Williams, as she was named by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association the Women’s Outdoor Scholar Athlete of the Year for her achievements in the classroom. Alongside the three-time national champion are seniors Lydia Willemse and Keyla Smith who were also named to the USTFCCCA Women’s All-Academic Team. A record number of 531 women’s track and field student-athletes represented 147 Division I Institutions on the 2009 All-Academic team.
“Wow,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “What an honor for Kim to be the best track and field scholar athlete in the nation. It’s fantastic that Keyla and Lydia can join her as the best of the best.”
Williams, who was named the 2009 USTFCCCA Division I Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, led the Seminoles to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships by contributing 20 of FSU’s 40 points. The Kingston, Jamaica native was the only two-time national champion at nationals winning both the long jump and triple jump titles. A business administration major, Williams holds a 3.285 grade point average.
Team captains Willemse and Smith have also accounted for Florida State’s success this season. Both women are members of the cross country team and also helped earn the coveted ACC Triple Crown with titles in cross country and indoor and outdoor championships. Smith graduated this past April with a M.S. in sports administration posting a 3.84 GPA, while Willemse earned her B.A. in chemistry holding a 3.5 GPA.