TALLAHASSEE – A memorable cross country season, culminating with NCAA Championship appearances by the Florida State women and men for a second consecutive year, was equally impressive in the classroom.
The Atlantic Coast Conference recognized the Seminoles’ academic acumen Thursday, when a program-record eight women were joined by four men on the All-ACC Academic team. With 12 combined selections, Florida State led the 15-team league by a wide margin.
“What an accomplishment to have the most combined All-ACC Academic honorees in the entire conference,” FSU men’s coach Bob Braman said. “With the institutions we have in the conference, this is just an unbelievable honor. I couldn’t be more proud of our cross country men and women.”
Florida State senior Steven Cross and junior Jodie Judd were selected for the third time in their careers, while Maudie Skyring, Elizabeth Funderburk and Caleb Pottorff earned All-ACC Academic team honors for the second consecutive year.
Women’s coach Kelly Phillips’ squad followed a runner-up ACC Championship appearance by winning its second consecutive NCAA South Region title and placing 12th at the NCAA Championships. The Noles were also crushing it in the classroom, as the 43-member roster posted a 3.69 fall semester grade point average.
In all, 41 women’s team members posted GPA’s of 3.0 or better, including 22 equaling or eclipsing 3.75, seven of whom had perfect 4.00 GPA’s.
Freshmen Yasmine Abbes and Rebecca Clark, sophomore Erin Phelps and junior Lauren Ryan joined Judd, Skyring and Funderburk on the women’s team. Collectively the group combined to earn six All-Region and three All-ACC honors, to go along with a pair of race victories, four ACC Performer of the Week and two ACC Freshman of the Week honors.
“I’m not surprised, to be honest,” Phillips said of her large contingent of honorees. “This group always strives to be better every day. They work hard at practice and equally as hard in the classroom. While I’m not surprised, I am still very proud of them.”
Graduate transfer Kasey Knevelbaard and sophomore Paul Stafford joined FSU men’s teammates Cross and Pottorff on the All-ACC Academic team. Knevelbaard, a two-time ACC Performer of the Week, earned an individual race title in the fall and joined Stafford on the All-ACC team. Pottorff and Steven Cross were selected to the All-South Region team for a second consecutive year.
FSU’s men finished 29th at the NCAA Championships, after earning an at-large berth into the meet.
“I’m really happy for our men,” Braman said. “Those four guys were the driving force behind our national qualifying, and it says a lot that they take their classwork so seriously.
Selection to the All-ACC Academic team requires a minimum 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.
2019 All-ACC Women’s Cross Country Academic Team
Emeline Delanis, Boston College, Gr.; Leadership & Administration
Isabelle Kennedy, Boston College, Gr.; Sociology
Lauren White, Boston College, Jr.; International Studies
Logan Morris, Clemson, Sr.; Industrial Engineering
Sara Platek, Duke, Jr.; Public Policy
Micheala Reinhart, Duke; Jr.; IDM: Chemistry & Public Policy
Yasmine Abbes, Florida State, Fr.; Social Science
Rebecca Clark, Florida State, Fr.; Exercise Physiology
Addison Coggins, Florida State; Jr.; Marketing
Elizabeth Funderburk, Florida State, So.; Marketing/Management
Jodie Judd, Florida State, So.; Editing, Writing & Media
Erin Phelps, Florida State, So.; Exercise Physiology
Lauren Ryan, Florida State, Jr.; Social Science
Maudie Skyring, Florida State, Jr.; Exercise Physiology
Paige Hofstad, North Carolina, Jr.; Peace, War & Defense
Kelsey Chmiel, NC State; Fr., Animal Science
Elly Henes, NC State, Sr.; Psychology
Savannah Shaw, NC State, So..; Business Administration
Julia Zachgo, NC State; Jr.; Business Administration
Isabel Zimmerman, NC State; Jr.; Nutrition Science
Maddy Denner, Notre Dame, Fr.; Applied & Computational Math & Stats
Jacqueline Gaughan, Notre Dame, So.; Business
Anna Rohrer, Notre Dame, Gr.; Management
Jordan Jacob, Syracuse, Gr.; Exercise Science
Amanda Vestri, Syracuse, Jr.; Health & Exercise Science
Sarah Edwards, Virginia Tech, Sr.; Interior Design
Sara Freix, Virginia Tech, Sr.; Biological Systems Engineering
Kyra Lopez, Virginia Tech, Gr.; Human Nutrition, Food & Exercise
Madeline Rehm, Wake Forest, Fr.; Undeclared
Elise Wright, Wake Forest, So.; Undeclared
Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Elly Henes, NC State
2019 All-ACC Men’s Cross Country Academic Team
Jack Carter, Boston College, Fr.; Marketing
Paul Dellinger, Duke, Jr.; Computer Science
Sam Rivera, Duke, Fr.; Undeclared
Josh Romine, Duke, Jr.; Computer Science
Steven Cross, Florida State, Sr.; Finance/Risk Mgt. Insurance
Kasey Knevelbaard, Florida State, Gr.; Sport Mgt.
Caleb Pottorff, Florida State, Jr.; Exercise Physiology
Paul Stafford, Florida State, So.; Sport Management
Alex Milligan, North Carolina; Sr.; Business Administration
Gavin Gaynor, NC State, R-Jr.; Chemical Engineering
Ian Shanklin, NC State, Jr.; Exploratory Studies/B.A.
Andrew Alexander, Notre Dame, Jr.; Neuroscience & Behavior
Dylan Jacobs, Notre Dame, R-Fr.; Business
Danny Kilrea, Notre Dame, So.; Notre Dame
Yared Nuguse, Notre Dame, Jr.; Biochemistry
Kevin Salvano, Notre Dame, Sr.; Accounting
Zach Lefever, Pitt, Jr.; Architectural Studies
Dominic Hockenbury, Syracuse, Sr.; Biology
AJ Ernst, Virginia, Sr.; History
Peter Morris, Virginia, So.; Psychology
Randy Neish, Virginia, Sr.; Psychology
Antonio Lopez Segura, Virginia Tech, Fr.; General Engineering
Peter Seufer, Virginia Tech, Sr.; Finance/Economics
Diego Zarate, Virginia Tech, Sr.; Criminology/Psychology/Sociology
Brent Bailey, Wake Forest, So.; Undeclared
Carter Coughlin, Wake Forest, So.; Undeclared
Zach Facioni, Wake Forest, So.; Undeclared
Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Peter Seufer, Virginia Tech