June 9, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
On the track, the biggest week of the season is on the horizon for Florida State juniors Javier Garcia-Tunon and Lydia Willemse as they prepare for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In the classroom it’s already been a big week for the duo as they were named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Four teams.
“With all the success we’ve had on the track in recent years, our work in the classroom has often been overlooked,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We’ve had the most Academic All-Americans over the last three years of any track and field program in the country so that says a lot that we’ve been able to be an elite program on the track and in the classroom.”
A graduate student with a 4.0 grade point average in his master’s of business administration program, Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla.) was named to the First-Team and is eligible for his third Academic All-America award. He was a Second-Team All-American last year following a First-Team selection as a freshman.
For Willemse (Forest, Ontario), a chemistry major with a 3.58 gpa, the second-team distinction was her first all-district honor. Last season she was named to the 2007 USTFCCCA Division I Women’s All-Academic Track and Field Team. This fall she was chosen for the USTFCCCA Division I Women’s All-Academic Cross Country squad.
This week will second trip to the national summit for Garcia-Tunon following a spot in the 2006 meet. He finished seventh in the 400m hurdles at the NCAA East Regional meet, earning him all-region honors, with a career-best time of 50.65. That was good enough to get him into the at-large pool for the NCAA meet.
Like Garcia-Tunon, Willemse got to the NCAA Championships through the at-large process. Taking part in her first national championship, she ran a career-best 3000m steeplechase time of 10:18.94 at the Georgia Tech Invitational. All-ACC runner, she finished sixth at the regional meet to pick up her all-region accolades.
Florida State begins its run at a third-straight men’s championship and a Top 10 showing by the women on Wednesday. The 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.