March 2, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Although the season has been over for a few months, the Florida State cross country teams are continuing to receive recognition from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for their excellence in the classroom. Earning their first USTFCCCA All-Academic honors were Matt Leeder along with Jessica Parry, Amanda Winslow and Jennifer Dunn. The award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically.
To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and must finish among the top 15, or 10 percent, of the field at their respective NCAA regional meet.
“It’s exciting to see our athletes excel in both athletics and academics,” FSU Men’s Head Coach Bob Braman said. “I’m proud of Matt for earning both the All-Academic recognition in addition to being named the ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year.”
Leeder, who was also named the ACC Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year last week, is currently in his third year studying psychology.
“It’s really important for my athletes to understand that academics should be their priority and in this case with these women, they obviously do,” FSU Women’s Coach Karen Harvey said. “I can’t say enough about how proud I am of them and all they are accomplishing in the classroom.”
Leading the women was freshman Parry, a physics major, who was one of only nine athletes on the list to post a 4.0 grade point average at the end of the fall semester. Joining her on the list was fellow freshman Winslow, a sports management major, and Dunn, a sophomore, who is studying exercise science.