April 3, 2008
In every facet it’s been a great season for the Florida State women’s cross country team. During the fall, the squad achieved a program-best third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Recently, the Seminoles were recognized for their work in the classroom.
Florida State was one of six schools nationally to have three student-athletes on the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. Making their way onto the team was senior Audrey Hand (Virginia Beach, Va.), senior Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va.) and sophomore Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario).
To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have completed a minimum 24 semester hours through the 2007 fall term. Additionally, the student-athlete must finish in the top 15 runners or top ten percent of finishers at their respective NCAA regional meet, or receive All-American honors.
All three of Florida State’s recipients qualified for the award through their performance at the regional meet. Hagen was 20th with a time of 21:27.53 while Hand was 24 with a 21:38.61 and Willemse a spot behind her at 21:43.89. All three were named to the NCAA All-South Region team.