June 19, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fresh off a dominating 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships performance, in which she blew away the competition on her way to national champion honors in the 1500 meters, senior Susan Kuijken (Nijmegen, Netherlands) continues to impress, but this time, with an honor in the classroom. On Friday, Kuijken was named to the 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American women’s track & field/cross country first team.
“Over the last four or five years, we have to have the most track and field academic All-Americans of any program in the country,” Florida State head coach Bob Braman said. “This is just such a source of pride for us. We’ve come so far as a track and field program and I am just so proud of these kids for their achievements both on the track and in the classroom. Susan’s efforts in both areas are an inspiration to everyone and she is very deserving of this honor.”
Kuijken, who touts a 3.76 grade point average in psychology, is the only ACC student-athlete on the first or second team. The decorated FSU athlete has committed her time off of the track to earn a higher grade point average each year. Earlier this month, Kuijken was one of four Seminoles to earn Academic All-District Team honors.