June 20, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
At the Mondo Coaches Banquet out in Sacramento, Calif., site of last weeks 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Florida State men’s cross country team was named to the All-Academic team voted on by the United States Cross Country Coaches Association. The 17 member men’s squad, under head coach Bob Braman, finished the school year with a respectable 3.149 GPA. The mark for FSU was tops in the ACC and good for 42nd overall in the nation.
The United States Cross Country Coaches Association also honored the top academic, cross country athletes who maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.25 during the 2002-2003 school year. Florida State’s junior distance runner Joep Tigchelaar was selected to the team after finishing the academic calendar with a 3.32 GPA in marketing.
On top of succeeding in the classroom, Tigchelaar did just the same out on the track earning All-American honors for the first time as a Seminole. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, he finished sixth in the 10K with a time of 28:34.09. Tigchelaar currently holds the school record in the 10K at 28:33.81 and sits with the third fastest time (13:55.30) in the 5K at Florida State. He successfully defended his conference outdoor championship in the 10K in route to earning All-ACC honors.
The Marcharen, Netherlands native also garnered ACC Performer of the Week and Mondo NCAA Male Athlete of the Week accolades this year for his outstanding performance at the Stanford Invitational back on March 28th. Out in Palo, Alto, Calif., he won the men’s 10K breaking a Florida State school record that held strong for 32 years.
Tigchelaar also earned the right to compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the second consecutive season, finishing in 107th place, which was higher than half the field competing at the championships. He earned his second All-Regional honor after finishing fourth at the NCAA South Regional and was named to the All-ACC team following a seventh-place finish at the conference meet.