TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With 13 Florida State student-athletes selected to the All-ACC Academic Indoor Track & Field team, including a conference-best nine women, the Seminoles led all 15 league schools for total honorees.
The conference released its All-ACC Academic selections on Thursday, nine weeks after the Noles men claimed a share of their 12th league title while the women placed second, just six points shy of the title.
“I couldn’t be more proud than to have the most All-ACC Academic Indoor Track & Field performers of any school in the entire conference,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “The ACC has several of the most prestigious institutions in the country, so for our student-athletes to be tops in conference honorees is really an honor.”
The Noles’ brightest stars on the track during the indoor season were among those honored for their efforts in the classroom.
Junior Kasaun James and sophomore Ka’Tia Seymour, who swept ACC Indoor Championship Track MVP and Performer of the Year honors, were joined by ACC Freshman of the Year Bryand Rincher on the All-ACC Academic team.
“It’s great that such big-time athletes took their academic pursuits so seriously,” Braman said.
Eligibility for All-ACC Academic honors is contingent on posting a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average over the course of one’s academic career. Athletic accomplishments from the most recently completed season weighted in team selection.
The Noles performed exceptionally strong in both areas. Seymour claimed ACC Indoor Championship Track MVP honors for the second consecutive year after winning both the 60- and 200-meter dashes. It is also the second consecutive All-ACC Indoor Academic team selection for the sport management major from Palatka, Fla.
Likewise, James swept the 60 and 200 titles and anchored the 4×400 relay to victory, which secured the Noles a share of the team title. The Arkansas Baptist junior college transfer from Chesapeake, Va. is majoring in social science.
Rincher, a sport management major from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., finished second in the 200 and fourth in the 60 at the ACC Indoor Championships.
Lott, a junior transfer from Kennesaw State, placed fifth in the heptathlon. The St. John’s, Fla. resident is a hospitality & tourism management major.
Tirado, a senior information technology major from Naples, Fla., earned his third All-ACC Academic Indoor selection following his fifth-place finish in the weight throw at the conference meet.
Including Seymour’s 20-point contribution, the nine honored Seminole women combined for 51 of the teams’ 85 points and 11 All-ACC honors at the ACC Indoor Championships.
Senior sport management major Jogaile Petrokaite (Raseiniai, Lithuania) was selected to the indoor team for the first time following her fifth-place finish in the long jump. Junior transfer Nadia Maffo (Udine, Italy), a social science major, placed sixth in the weight throw.
Militsa Mircheva, a graduate student pursuing an international affairs master’s degree, finished third in the 3000-meter run. It is the first All-ACC Academic track & field honor for the third-year member of the program from Dobrich, Bulgaria.
Junior Maudie Skyring (Wollongong, Australia) and sophomore Jodie Judd (Canvey Island, Great Britain), placed fourth and sixth in the mile run to earn All-ACC Academic honors for the second straight year. Skyring is an exercise physiology major, while Judd is pursuing her degree in editing, writing & media. Junior Janae Caldwell, a theatre major from Riverview, Fla., finished seventh in the 400-meter dash.
Madison Harris, a master’s degree candidate in aquatic environmental science, is a first time All-ACC Academic selection. The Ochlockonee Bay, Fla. native was a member of the Noles’ runner-up distance medley relay, where she was joined by Skyring, Caldwell and Mircheva.
Rounding out the women’s honorees is sophomore Jayla Kirkland. The sport management major and sprint standout from Birmingham, Ala., was an NCAA Indoor Championships qualifier in the 200, but was injured in the ACC 60-meter dash preliminaries and forced to withdraw. This is her first All-ACC Academic honor.
Beyond the ACC level, James earned first-team All-American honors in the 60- (eighth-place) and 200-meter (second place), as did Rincher in the 60-meter dash (fifth place), helping the Noles to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Seymour was the bronze medalist in the 60-meter dash and the Noles’ lone first-team All-American.