TALLAHASSEE – A season of record-setting accomplishments continued Friday for the Florida State track & field teams as the Seminoles had a league-leading 14 student-athletes selected to the All-ACC Academic Outdoor Track & Field team.
The Noles women, who won the conference title in runaway fashion, were represented by nine honorees – tied for the most among ACC schools – while the men added a league-best five selections.
“I’m blown away at our number of honorees, especially the women,” said FSU coach Bob Braman, whose women’s team followed up their fifth ACC title with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. “I’m always amazed at how great in the classroom so many of our top athletes are.”
Senior sprinter Shauna Helps headlines the FSU contingent. The recent graduate with a degree in exercise physiology is just the fifth Seminole in program history to be selected to the All-ACC Academic Outdoor team for four consecutive years, putting her name alongside greats Kimberly Williams, Colleen Quigley, Amanda Winslow and Marecia Pemberton.
Joining Helps is two-time ACC discus champion and NCAA runner-up Shanice Love, a junior accounting major, who is making her third consecutive appearance on the team. Graduate student and 10,000-meter school record-setter Militsa Mircheva (international affairs), senior long jumper and NCAA finalist Jogaile Petrokaite (sport management) and junior 400-meter standout Janae Caldwell (theatre) were selected to the team for the second time in their careers.
First-time selections to the outdoor team included freshmen distance runners Jodie Judd (editing, writing & media) and Elizabeth Funderburk (accounting), junior distance runner Maudie Skyring (exercise physiology) and junior hammer standout Nadia Maffo (interdisciplinary social science).
Senior Brandon Tirado, who earned his degree in information technology last month, leads the way for the men. The No. 2 hammer thrower in program history was honored for the third time in his career with the Noles.
Sophomore Trey Cunningham (public relations), who posted the fourth-best time nationally in the 110-meter hurdles, was chosen for the second consecutive year.
A trio of juniors were selected to the All-ACC Academic team for the first time. That group included 400-meter standout Kyle Fearrington (sport management), decathlete David Lott (hospitality & tourism management) and decathlete Hunter Napier (anthropology).
With 14 selections to the outdoor All-Academic team, the Noles exceeded their ACC-leading 13 selections to the indoor All-Academic squad. Both combined totals are program-highs.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to any All-ACC Academic team is a 3.0 grade point average (gpa) for the previous semester, as well as a cumulative 3.0 gpa. Athletic achievements for the recently completed season are also factored into the selections.
Members of the 2019 All-ACC Academic Outdoor Track & Field team earned either All-American or All-ACC honors, qualified for the NCAA Championships or were recognized as ACC Performer of the Week during the regular season.
“Our alumni, university and followers should be really proud of this accomplishment,” Braman said.
Busy Weekend For Noles In US, Jamaica
Florida State will have a trio of athletes competing at the three-day 2019 USA Track & Field U20 Championships, which open this evening at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla.
Men’s distance runners Paul Stafford and Matthew Newland will race in Friday’s 10,000-meter run, set for 7:25 p.m. As freshmen, they helped the Seminoles qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships before sitting out the indoor and outdoor seasons as redshirts.
Staffford (30:42.88) and Newland (31:08.53) each competed unattached in the 10,000 at the 125th Penn Relays, finishing 12th and 19th, respectively. They enter the competition seeded fourth and fifth in a field of 11.
On Saturday at 2:30 p.m., FSU freshman Trentorria Green will compete in the triple jump. The sixth-place finisher at the ACC Outdoor Championships, she is the No. 2 seed in the field of 15 with a wind-aided season best of 12.88 meters (42-3.25).
The top two finishers in each event will have opportunity to represent Team USA at the Pan American Championships, July 19-21 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Thursday marked the start of the Jamaica Senior & Junior Championships at National Stadium In Kingston.
ACC Championships MVP Andre Ewers got things started by advancing to Friday’s semifinals of the 100-meter dash. The two-time ACC champion and All-American ran 10.25 in the first round, fourth-fastest overall, and will compete at 6:12 p.m. (ET) for a spot in the finals, which will be the final event of the evening.
Ewers will also compete in the 200-meter dash, with the opening round set for Saturday. He is the No. 1 seed in that competition with a personal-best time of 20.14. The finals are set for Sunday.
Two-time ACC champion and recent NCAA runner-up Shanice Love enters Friday’s discus competition (6:30 p.m.) as the No. 2 seed behind fellow collegian and Jamaican national record-holder Shadae Lawrence. Love defeated Lawrence at the NCAA Championships with a personal-best mark of 62.69 meters (205-8).
Former Seminole great Kimberly Williams, a two-time Olympic finalist and six-time Jamaican triple jump national champion, will compete on Sunday.
Wallace, Funderburk Will Represent Team USA
Florida State senior Armani Wallace and freshman Elizabeth Funderburk have accepted invitations to compete for Team USA at the NACAC (North America Central America) U23 Championships, July 5-7 in Queretaro, Mexico.
Wallace is fresh off a school-record and third-place triple jump finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, wrapping up his FSU career with a leap of 16.99 meters (55-9). The top-rated US collegiate athlete in the event, is representing his country for the second time after competing at the IAAF World Junior Championships following his freshman year with the Noles.
The NACAC Championships will serve as a tune-up for the Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships (July 25-58) in Des Moines, Iowa, where he will seek a spot on the World Championship team.
Funderburk enjoyed a breakout first season for the Noles, helping the women’s cross country team return to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2014 while earning All-ACC and All-Region honors, then following up with sixth-fastest 10,000-meter time (33:31.05) in her first outdoor season.