TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Throughout its rich track & field history, many of Florida State’s finest athletes were also among the most decorated in the classroom. That trend continued in 2018 for the Seminole women and men, 13 of who were named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic teams Thursday.
In addition to the individual honors, the FSU women’s team, which won an ACC Indoor title and followed up a 26th place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships by placing 14th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, was recognized collectively for its 3.42 team grade point average.
The Seminoles posted the 14th-best team gpa among all 65 Power 5 Conference schools, only four of which finished in front of FSU at the two NCAA Championship meets. Only one ACC school had a higher gpa than the Seminole women.
“I’m really excited about the academic performance of our athletes this year,” Florida State coach Bob Braman said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen an elite talent team earn a team GPA of 3.42 like our ladies did this year. That’s almost unheard of.
“We have a culture of academic excellence at Florida State and our coaches are in complete support of academic support services. Our kids know that academics outlive athletics in their lifetime.”
In all, five Florida State men and eight women earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, which requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 following the completion of two semesters. Athletically, qualifying requires that the student-athlete competed in the NCAA postseason (outdoors) or ranked among the top 96 in his or her individual event or the top 48 for relays (indoors).
Collectively, the Seminole baker’s dozen produced: 10 All-American performances; four individual ACC titles; 15 All-ACC performances; three ACC Freshman of the Year awards; an ACC Indoor Championships Track MVP and two Florida State school records.
Junior sprinter Shauna Helps earned track & field All-Academic honors for a third consecutive year, the most on the team, capping a season where she earned a pair of All-American honors on the track. Freshman Ka’Tia Seymour, the ACC Indoor Championships Track MVP and the ACC Outdoor Freshman of the Year, set two FSU records and earned five All-American honors in her first season with the Noles.
Sophomore Shanice Love, a second-team All-American and the ACC discus champion, is a repeat honoree, along with classmate Nicole Breske.
First-time track & field honorees for the women include sophomores Ginelle DeMone, Eleonora Omoregie and Maudie Skyring, and senior Emily Edwards, who earned All-Academic honors in the fall as a member of the cross country team.
“Shanice, Ka’Tia, Eleonora and Shauna are some of the best in the NCAA in their events, so it’s really impressive to see them compete at the highest level in the classroom as well,” Braman said. “Trey Cunningham leads the way for our men in this dual success formula.”
Cunningham, a freshman hurdler, earned a pair of first-team All-American honors and also swept ACC Indoor and Outdoor Freshman of the Year awards.
Graduate student Stanley Linton, who holds the distinction of being enlisted in the Navy while competing for the Noles, earned his first track & field recognition. He previously earned All-Academic cross country honors in 2015 and 2017.
Sophomores Steven Cross and Bert Freire were recognized as All-Academic for the first time, along with junior Brandon Tirado.
“I’m just really proud of our student-athletes and how they’ve represented Florida State this year,” Braman said.
Florida State’s combined 13 honorees tied for second among ACC schools, trailing only Virginia Tech (20).
FSU’s USTFCCCA All-Academic Men
Steven Cross, Sophomore, Accounting
Trey Cunningham, Freshman, International Affairs
Bert Freire, Sophomore, Finance
Stanley Linton, Grad, Learning & Cognition
Brandon Tirado, Junior, Information Technology
FSU’s USTFCCCA All-Academic Women
Nicole Breske, Sophomore, Hospitality
Ginelle DeMone, Sophomore, Biology
Emily Edwards, Senior, Exercise Physiology
Shauna Helps, Junior, Exercise Physiology
Shanice Love, Sophomore, Accounting
Eleonora Omoregie, Sophomore, Biological Science
Ka’Tia Seymour, Freshman, Sport Management
Maudie Skyring, Sophomore, Exercise Physiology