June 21, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Ciaran O’Lionaird has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
“This is an incredible honor for Ciaran,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We hold Academic All-American as the highest honor our student-athletes can achieve and we’re proud to continue to be one of the top programs in the nation in number of track and field All-American honorees over the past eight years.
A Sport Management graduate student, O’Lionaird earned All-America honors by achieving a 3.68 GPA in the classroom and performing strongly on the track.
O’Lionaird qualified for the NCAA Championships in both the 5000m and 10000m runs. He also captured two ACC Championships in dramatic fashion this season, winning the 1500m and 5000m runs in conference- and personal-record times.
“I couldn’t have excelled on the track and in the classroom this year without the tremendous resources made available to me by the Florida State Athletic Department and a wonderful staff that has been so helpful from the top down,” O’Lionaird said. “I also must give credit to Coach Braman. His success in collegiate track and cross country is well documented, yet it is the emphasis he places on developing well-rounded student athletes that recognize the importance of a good work ethic, have an appreciation of the great academic opportunities we have at Florida State and help in leading and inspiring the youth and those less fortunate than us through community service.
“I am proud to be an Academic All-American as it vindicates the efforts he and all our support staff make day in and day out in order to bring us forward as individuals and enhance the reputation of our great institution.”