TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Eight Florida State cross country runners – five women and three men – were named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic team, as announced by the conference on Thursday.
The honors come at the conclusion of a season which saw the women and men compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships together for the first time since 2014.
Graduate student Militsa Mircheva and sophomore Jodie Judd, repeat honorees from 2017, led the largest group of Noles women selected All-ACC Academic since 2012. It was that kind of breakout year for coach Kelly Phillips’ squad, which was tabbed for an eighth-place finish in the ACC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, finished fourth and went on to win the South Region title, return to the national rankings and advance to the NCAA meet for the first time since 2014.
Mircheva, a graduate student studying international affairs, followed up an All-ACC campaign by winning the South Region title and placing 25th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships for All-American honors; the first Nole to pull that off since Colleen Quigley (2014). Judd, an editing, writing & media major, earned All-Region honors for the second consecutive year.
Juniors Maudie Skyring (exercise physiology) and Megan Mooney (hospitality and tourism management) were first-time All-ACC Academic selections and also member of the All-Region team. They were joined by freshman Elizabeth Funderburk (finance), whose debut season included All-ACC and All-Region honors.
“These five women make it easy to be a coach,” FSU women’s coach Kelly Phillips said. “They work hard on the track and in the classroom. They give each other a hard time about being “dumb”, and yet if any one of them gets a B it’s like false starting in a 5k. It just doesn’t happen. They are really a great group of women to work with.”
Senior Istvan Szogi and junior Steven Cross were recognized for the second time in their careers and joined by redshirt freshman Caleb Pottorff among the Seminole men. FSU’s three selections equals the most All-ACC Academic honorees the Noles have had since the conference began recognizing All-Academic teams in 2005.
“I’m really proud of Caleb, Steven and Isti,” Florida State men’s cross country coach Bob Braman said. “They really take their academics seriously and they all had their best seasons as a Seminoles as well. This is a great ending to storybook cross Country season.”
Following a seventh-place finish at the ACC Championship, FSU’s men returned home to Apalachee Regional Park for the NCAA South Region meet, where they secured a trip to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2015 with a runner-up finish.
Pottorff, an exercise physiology major, was the Noles’ top runner throughout the season, earning All-ACC and All-Region honors. Cross, a finance major, was an All-Region performer and FSU’s top finisher at the NCAA Championships. Szogi, a fixture in FSU’s top five and the only repeat honoree among men, is completing his degree in international affairs.
The minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team is 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.
FSU’s honorees contributed significantly to outstanding academic years for both the women and men.
Phillips’ women compiled a team grade point average of 3.675 during the fall semester with 39 of 41 members over 3.00 including seven with perfect 4.00 grade point averages. Braman’s men finished the fall with a 3.14 cumulative gpa.
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.