TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Four Florida State cross country runners, two men and two women, have earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors for the 2017 season.
Graduate students David Barney and Stanley Linton were recognized along with senior Emily Edwards and freshman Jodie Judd. They were selected after finishing in the top 10-percent at the NCAA South Region Championships while holding cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.25.
In addition to the individual honors, the four contributed to the Seminole women and men earning All-Academic team honors. In order to be selected, teams must finish with a GPA of at least 3.0 over the previous semester. FSU men’s coach Bob Braman’s team posted a 3.17 GPA, while coach Kelly Phillips’ women registered an impressive 3.48 average.
“I’m really proud of our young men,” Braman said. “We have a really focused group, in really hard majors, and with several in grad school. David and Stanley earned this honor taking four grad classes and competing at the highest level.”
Linton is working on his master’s in learning and cognition while also serving his country in the United States Navy. As an undergraduate at FSU, Linton previously claimed USTFCCCA All-Academic honors in 2015 and picked up his second All-ACC Academic honor last month. Linton earned All-South Region for the second time in his career after placing 24th at the South Region Championships.
Barney, a standout graduate transfer from William & Mary working on his master’s in exercise physiology, excelled in his first year at Florida State. In his debut, he finished second at the Covered Bridge meet and was third at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational. Barney earned All-ACC honors placing 21st at the ACC Championships, which he followed with a 21st-place finish at the NCAA South Region Championships.
The performances of Edwards and Judd, as well as the collective effort of the Seminole women, were no less impressive.
“They both take academics very seriously and they work really hard,” Phillips said of her duo. “Those that work hard in the classroom are the same athletes that work hard on the track. They go hand in hand, so it makes sense that they are both doing really well right now. ”
Edwards, an exercise science major, closed out her senior year strong, placing 21st place to earn All-South Region honors for the first time in her career on her previous home court. Though it’s her first academic honor at FSU, the Alabama transfer was on the President’s List each semester in Tuscaloosa before moving to Tallahassee in January of 2017.
Judd, a Great Britain native, began her Florida State career with an impressive second-place finish at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational. She also had a great home showing finishing second at the FSU Invitational. Judd capped her first season with her top performance, placing 10th at the NCAA South Region Championships.
Edwards and Judd were significant contributors to the highest team GPA recorded by the Seminole women dating to 1996.