August 7, 2008 - by
FSU’s Mark Buckingham Named Indoor Track and Field Scholar Athlete Of The Year

Aug. 7, 2008

Tallahassee, Fla. – Already proven himself as an exceptional athlete on the track, senior Mark Buckingham (Huddersfield, England) grabbed top honors as the Indoor Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year showing he has also achieved great heights in the classroom. Along with Buckingham’s contribution, Florida State’s men’s track and field was tops amongst ACC schools with eight, including two repeats, on the All-ACC Academics Track and Field Team. As for the women, the Seminoles matched last season’s team with four honorees.

On the men’s squad, the eight recipients are one more than last year’s seven. Earning his first All-ACC Academic selection this year was Buckingham, who is currently studying applied economics. Not a stranger to the All-ACC Academic team, graduate student Javier Garcia Tunon (Miami, Fla.) made the team for a third time while junior Travis Whitfield (Jay, Fla.) was named for the second year in a row. The freshmen led the number of participants with three student-athletes named: indoor heptathlon National Champion and decathlon All-American Gonzalo Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile), outdoor All-American Brian Chibudu (Harare, Zimbabwe) and indoor All-American Pablo Navarette (Santiago, Chile).

“We’re really proud of everything Mark did this last year both in the classroom and on the track,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “He was really a leader for us in all facets. He stepped in and was a tremendous when Luke Gunn was hurt during cross country and he carried that all the way through to outdoor season. He is going to leave a big leadership void on our team next year.”

Junior Matthew Wernke (Tallahassee, Fla.), a chemical-biomedical engineering major and senior Elliot Wood (Sydney, Australia) who earned a degree in international affairs, finished the list. Wernke was a NCAA East Regional participant and All-ACC performer while Wood was an outdoor NCAA participant and All-ACC performer.

On the women’s front, senior Kim Williams (Kingston, Jamaica). Williams made it big this year when she earned Indoor and Outdoor Triple Jump All-America honors and was the Indoor and Outdoor ACC Freshman of the Year. Finishing the list was junior Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla.) who is currently earning a degree in marketing and was also an outdoor NCAA participant.

In order to be eligible for consideration on the 2008 All-ACC Academic team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

“I couldn’t be prouder of both the men’s and women’s programs,” Braman added. “To succeed at a high level in the classroom and on the track is exceptional. We’ve really set a high standard for our student-athletes to achieve both academically and athletically.”

2008 All-ACC Academic Track and Field Team

Name                                                            Year                                                   Major


Gonzalo Barroilhet                            Fr.                                        Business

Mark Buckingham                             Sr.                                        Applied Economics

Brian Chibudu                                  Fr.                                        Computer Science

Javier Garcia-Tunon                          Grad.                                    Business

Pablo Navarette                                Fr.                                        Business

Matthew Wernke                               Jr.                                        Chemical-biomedical Engineering

Travis Whitfield                                Jr.                                         Physical Education

Elliot Wood                                      Sr.                                         International Affairs


Kandia Batchelor                               Sr.                                         Management

Keyla Smith                                      Sr.                                         Marketing

Brittany St. Louis                               Fr.                                         Family and Child Sciences

Kimberly Williams                              Fr.                                         Business

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