TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Militsa Mircheva and David Barney highlight a group of six Florida State cross country runners – three women and three men – selected to the 2017 All-ACC Academic team, as announced by the conference office today.
Mircheva and Barney earned All-ACC honors for their performances at the ACC Championships this past fall, while excelling in the classroom. Stanley Linton was selected to his second All-ACC Academic team for the Noles, but his first as a graduate student who is also serving full-time in the United States Navy. Linton earned All-ACC Academic honors in 2015 as an undergraduate for the Noles.
Joining Barney and Linton, representing the men’s team, is Istvan Szogi.
“I’m really proud of those guys,” FSU men’s coach Bob Braman said. “They are all super dedicated student-athletes. I’m always amazed at how well our top runners do in the classroom.”
In addition to Mircheva, coach Kelly Phillips’ women are represented by Emily Edwards and Jodie Judd.
“All three not only had great cross country seasons athletically, but they were just as successful academically,” Phillips said of the trio of team leaders.
Five of the six are on the All-ACC Academic team for the first time.
Mircheva, a junior social science major, enjoyed a breakout debut season with the Noles. The 2016 Olympic marathoner from Bulgaria won three races, was a three-time ACC Performer of the Week and was also named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Performer of the Week following her debut win at the Covered Bridge Open. Her sixth-place finish at the ACC Cross Country Championships was the top performance by an FSU runner at the meet since Colleen Quigley was runner-up in 2014.
Edwards, a senior majoring in exercise science, enjoyed her finest collegiate cross country season after competing at Alabama for her first three seasons. The Cape Coral, Fla. native was a consistent top-three finisher for the Noles and capped her cross country career by earning All-South Region honors for the first time, finishing 21st and helping her team to a fourth-place finish.
Judd, a freshman from Canvey Island, Great Britain, was the Seminoles’ No. 2 runner in five races and led the squad with a 10th-place finish to claim All-South Region honors. A writing, editing and media major, she was the runner-up at both the Virginia Tech Alumni and FSU Invitational races and also snagged an ACC Rookie of the Week honor along the way.
Collectively, the team posted the highest semester GPA (3.483) of any squad in more than a decade.
Student-athletes must post at least a 3.0 GPA in the most recently completed semester and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to be eligible for All-ACC Academic honors.
“Militsa, Emily and Jodie truly represent what a student-athlete really means,” Phillips said.
FSU’s trio of men enjoyed similar success on and off the course. Barney, a graduate transfer from William & Mary and a Lynchburg, Va. native, is pursuing his master’s degree in exercise physiology. On the course he finished second, third and fourth in three of his first four races for the Noles, picked up an ACC Performer of the Week honor along the way and finished 21st at the ACC Championships to claim All-ACC honors. He capped his FSU cross country career by placing 17th at the South Region meet to add All-South Region honors to his resume.
Linton is pursuing his master’s degree in learning & cognition and taking classes online from just outside Des Moines, Iowa, where he – as Ensign Linton – is stationed at Camp Dodge. The Crawfordville, Fla. native represented the Noles in five races and was a fixture in the top-five, highlighted by his 26th-place finish at the ACC Championships and All-South Region, 24th-place performance.
“Stanley’s full-time military and full-time graduate school,” Braman said. “He stands out as one of the most committed student-athletes I’ve ever coached.”
Szogi, a junior transfer from Southern Utah after a year off from school at home in Tata, Hungary, was also a consistent contributor to the Noles’ scoring five. An international affairs major, he put together his best performances in his final two races, placing 31st at the ACC Championships and 41st at the NCAA South Region Championships.