April 13, 2021
Cunningham Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year Among 12 All-ACC Academic Picks

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Florida State Track and Field senior Trey Cunningham has been named ACC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday. Cunningham is joined by 11 other Seminoles recognized as All-ACC Academic honorees.

Cunningham, who was also named the ACC Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2020, posted a 3.938 grade point average during the most recent fall semester. The ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipient majors in public relations and was named to the Dean’s List in both the spring and fall of 2020.

The Winfield, Ala. native posted his fourth first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 7.67. He became the first athlete to win four straight titles in the 60-meter hurdles and is one of just four male athletes in ACC history to win four indoor gold medals in any event.

Cunningham placed third in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing with a time of 7.53, just .02 from claiming the NCAA gold medal. The senior earned First Team All-American and First Team All-ACC honors after his 2021 indoor campaign. USTFCCA recently included Cunningham on its 10-man updated watch list for The Bowerman, which is awarded annually to the top track and field athlete in the college ranks. The watch list distinction is the sixth for Cunningham.

Cunningham Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year Among 12 All-ACC Academic Picks

Joining Cunningham on the All-ACC Academic team for the men is first-time honoree Taylor Banks. The sophomore majoring in public health also had an impressive indoor campaign for the Seminoles earning Second Team All-American and Second Team All-ACC honors.

Senior Maudie Skyring, an exercise physiology major, was named All-ACC Academic for the fourth consecutive season to lead the honorees among the women.

Cunningham Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year Among 12 All-ACC Academic Picks

Skyring is joined by senior Jayla Kirkland (sports management) who is making her third appearance on the team and senior Ka’ Tia Seymour (sports management) who is recognized for the second time in her career.

Senior Jodie Judd (editing, writing & media), junior Alonie Sutton (interdisciplinary social science), sophomores Yasmine Abbes (exercise physiology) and Rebecca Clark (exercise physiology) were joined by a quartet of freshmen in Alyson Churchill (psychology), Ruta Lasmane (psychology) and Caisa-Marie Lindfors (psychology). All seven women were making their first appearance on the Indoor Track and Field All-ACC Academic Team.

With the men and women combining Florida State has 12 representatives on the squad that includes close to 100 student-athletes who earned All-ACC honors and combined for 45 All-America placements at last month’s NCAA Championships.

Cunningham Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year Among 12 All-ACC Academic Picks

With the men and women combining Florida State has 12 representatives on the squad that includes close to 100 student-athletes who earned All-ACC honors and combined for 45 All-America placements at last month’s NCAA Championships.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September of 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their careers, as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

Cunningham Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year Among 12 All-ACC Academic Picks

The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.

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