June 25, 2008
Since the first day he walked into the classroom at Florida State, Javier Garcia-Tunon has been perfect. His unblemished academic record along with a standout season on the track made him an easy choice for CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-American Track & Field/Cross Country Team honors.
“It’s pretty rare for any student to go through their entire career and into grad school with a perfect 4.0 gpa,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “For a student-athlete to accomplish that is almost unheard of these days. That’s really a testament to how much time and effort Javier puts into both school work and the track and his tremendous ability to exceed in both.”
A graduate student with a 4.0 grade point average in his master’s of business administration program after a 4.0 as an undergrad, Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla.) joins fellow runner Tom Lancashire as Florida State’s only three-time Academic All-American. He was a Second-Team All-American last year following a First-Team selection as a sophomore. With one more year of eligibility he has the opportunity next year to be the school’s first four-year winner.
For the second time in his career Garcia-Tunon’s season ended with a trip to the NCAA Championships. He ran a time of 51.35 during the prelims of the 400m hurdles. He posted a career-best time of 50.65 during the prelims of the NCAA East Regional where he later went on to earn All-Regional honors. Garcia-Tunon’s point scoring efforts helped the Seminoles to the NCAA East Regional and Outdoor ACC titles this season. “I think you’d be pretty hard pressed to find a program in just about any sport, let alone track and field, which has had as good of a three-year run as we have in both aspects,” Braman added. “To have six Academic All-Americans on a team that has won three-straight national champions is remarkable and they’ve all been guys who has scored points or competed at the NCAA meet.”
Over the last four years, Florida State has led the country with eight members of the Men’s Track & Field/Cross County Academic All-America teams. Since the start of the Seminoles three-straight Outdoor NCAA Championships, the school has had six award winners, which ties FSU with Tennessee for the top spot.