June 18, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Although Javier Garcia-Tunon’s run with Florida State’s track and field team came to conclusion two weeks ago at nationals, the Seminole is continuing to be recognized for his outstanding accomplishments in the classroom as he was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American men’s track & field/cross country first team. A four-time honoree, Garcia-Tunon is FSU’s first four-time award winner. Joining Garcia-Tunon on the list is sophomore Gonzalo Barroilhet earning a spot on the second team.
“It is a great honor to receive this distinction,” Garcia-Tunon said. “I’m proud to represent FSU on the track and in the classroom, and it feels great to have my academic and athletic accomplishments recognized. Success in both is a real challenge and I owe a great deal of gratitude to my parents, my high school, Belen Jesuit, and the support staff at FSU for providing me with the tools to be so successful.”
In 2008, the Seminole became Florida State’s second student-athlete to earn the honor in his three years, but after Thursday’s announcement, Garcia-Tunon has now engraved his name into the program’s academic record book.
A graduate student who earned his master’s degree in business administration in the spring 2009 semester, Garcia-Tunon earned a perfect grade point average in his undergraduate studies with an exceptional 4.0.
Not only did the Seminole excel in the classroom, he has been one of FSU’s most important assets the last four years on the track. Garcia-Tunon battled in three of his four years at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and helped FSU earn its multiple outdoor titles. The Seminole also found success at the regional meets where he earned All-East Region honors in each of his four years wearing Garnet and Gold.
A first time honoree, Barroilhet also earned a spot on the second team for his execution in the classroom. The Seminole is studying management and finished his sophomore year by boasting a 3.75 grade point average. While an injury prevented the Seminole to compete in the outdoor season, Barroilhet had a successful indoor season which showed in his second-place finish in the heptathlon with 5,879 points at the NCAA Indoor Championship.
“Javier is in extremely rare company at the highest level of the NCAA being a four-time academic All-American,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “I have never heard of an athlete being a four-time All-American in track because you can’t just be a great student. You have to be at a national level all four years. He has been that. He is one of the finest student-athletes ever in the sport of track and field. That is pretty special. It is also great Gonzalo was recognized too. He has done a great job at FSU and look forward to having him back next season.”