Aug. 5, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Although he has graduated and moved on from being one of Florida State’s most talented student-athletes on and off the track, Javier Garcia-Tunon is continuing to be honored for his school work achievements as the former Seminole was named the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year as announced by Commissioner John D. Swofford. Leading the 40 student-athlete All-ACC Academic Team, FSU posted more student-athletes than any other league school with a total of 10 athletes on the impressive list.
“This is an unbelievable honor,” said Garcia-Tunon. “I can’t believe it. I’m glad I was able to represent Florida State and make my family and friends proud.”
Born in Miami, Fla., Garcia-Tunon was an inspiration to all student-athletes at Florida State as he excelled in both his undergraduate and graduate courses by boasting a 4.0 grade point average. As the only Seminole in school history to be named a four-time CoSIDA /ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, Garcia-Tunon has earned over four academic accolades just this season. However, Garcia-Tunon started excelling in school early in his collegiate career by earning a spot on the 2006 and 2007 All-ACC honor roll.
As the only four-time recipient of the All-ACC Academic honor, Garcia-Tunon has also showed he isn’t just talented in the classroom. With three NCAA Outdoor Championship appearances, the Seminole earned his first All-American honor in 2009 with an eighth-place finish in the 400m hurdles. At the 2009 ACC Outdoor Championships Garcia-Tunon captured the 400m hurdle title and scored 10 points for the Garnet and Gold, leading them to the program’s fifth-consecutive title.
A total of eleven student-athletes were tabbed both All-ACC and All-ACC Academic in 2009 with Garcia-Tunon again leading the way as the only individual to be named All-ACC four times.
Joining Garcia-Tunon on the academic list were sophomores Kevin Borlee (athletic training) and Jonathan Borlee (economics), juniors Andrew Jacobs (business) and Matt Leeder (psychology) along with recently graduated Timothy Reen ( mathematics education), Aaron Steele (graphic design), Bryan Howard (physical education), two-time All-ACC Academic honoree Matthew Wernke (biochemical engineering) and three-time All-ACC Academic honoree and 2009 All-ACC Travis Whitfield (physical education).
The ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the Scholar Athlete of the Year and All-ACC Academic honors must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as earned a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.