Aug. 6, 2009
TALLAHASEE, Fla. – Capping off her best season with the Seminoles, Susan Kuijken earned another award for her accomplishments as she was named the 2009 ACC Women’s Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year. Along with Kuijken, eight other Seminoles were named to the All-ACC Academic team which leads the conference this season.
“I am happy for Susan who has improved greatly in the classroom over the last few years,” FSU assistant track and field coach Karen Harvey said. “She really has become balanced and focused on excellence in both aspects of being a Seminole student-athlete.”
Kuijken, a sociology major, was also named to the ACC Honor Roll in addition to earning a CoSIDA/ESPN All-District honor for the first time in her career. Although she has one more year of eligibility in cross country, Kuijken decided to end her career with the Florida State track team by capturing the 1500m title that earned the Nijmegen, Netherland native an All-American honor. Kuijken also led her team to its first ever ACC Outdoor title with a dominating 5000m run that earned her the gold medal. Kuijken also holds the ACC’s best times in the 800m and the 1500m run this season.
The other Seminoles joining Kuijken on the list were seniors Allyn Laughlin (psychology), Lizbeth Mabry (International Affairs/geography), Pilar McShine (psychology) and Amanda Quick (sport management) alongside junior and ACC Most Valuable Performer of the Year Kim Williams (sport management). Recently graduated and 2009 team captains Lydia Willemse and Keyla Smith were also among the honorees.
Twenty All-ACC Academic student-athletes earned All-ACC Academic accolades for the second year in a row and a total of 13 performers appeared on the list for the second time. Among those excelling in both for numerous years is Williams who has been honored twice in All-ACC and All-ACC Academics. Willemse is a two-time All-ACC Academic honoree in addition to being named to the All-ACC list three times. Smith has also excelled in academics as this is her third-consecutive year being named to the list along with her All-ACC honors in 2009 and 2007.
To be considered for ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year and All-ACC Academic selection, a candidate must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for the most recent semester and their careers.