July 7, 1998
FSU Student-Athletes Record High Marks in the Classroom
The academic summary for the 1998 spring semester revealed some impressive numbers for Florida State’s student-athletes. Eight of FSU’s 17 teams recorded average GPAs of over 3.0 with 163 student-athletes earning a 3.0 or higher GPA for the semester.
“I’m proud to state that the student-athletes on Florida State’s University campus are achieving academically at their highest level,” said Mark Meleney, FSU’s Director of Academic Support.
Kim Batten Wins With Fastest Time of the Year
Former FSU All-American and Olympic silver medalist Kim Batten took first place in the 400-meter hurdles at the USA Track and Field Championships in New Orleans with the fastest time of the year (53.61). Batten, the world record holder in the event, won her fifth consecutive national 400-meter hurdle title. She will continue to run and participate in select meets while training in Tallahassee and preparing for the 2000 Olympics.
FSU Freshmen Duo Pitch for USA National Team
Freshmen right-handed pitchers Nick Stocks and Jon McDonald are representing their country and Florida State University as members of the 26-man USA Baseball National Team this summer. Stocks, a native of Tampa, Fla., has pitched in seven games, including one start, while posting an 0-2 record and 5.40 ERA. He has fanned 17 batters in 16 2/3 innings pitched. McDonald, who hails from Orlando boasts a 1.80 ERA and 0-0 record with five strikeouts and no walks in four appearances. He will make his first start June 7th against Japan.
J.D. Drew Off to Fast Start After Signing With St. Louis
Former Seminole baseball standout J.D. Drew, who recently signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, is making an impact in only three games as a minor leaguer. Drew is batting .636 (7-for-11) with three home runs and five RBI while playing for the Arkansas Travelers, the Cardinals double A affiliate, of the Texas League. He signed a four-year, $7 million contract with St. Louis last week.