February 26, 2010 - by
Leeder Named ACC Scholar Athlete Of The Year

Feb. 26, 2010

Junior Matt Leeder became the second Seminole in as many days to earn ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year honors when he earned the honor Friday, a day after Susan Kuijken garnered the women’s award.

Headed by Florida State junior Matt Leeder, five All-Conference honorees secured spots on the 2009 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Men’s Cross Country Team as announced today by Commissioner John D. Swofford.

“It’s certainly an honor to represent the Seminoles both academically and in the sport,” Matt Leeder said. “It’s sometimes difficult to find a balance between school and sports but Coach Braman really pushes us to excel in both.”

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.

“This is just awesome for both the men and women. We have always talked about academics in our programs as being as good as any team in the country,” head coach Bob Braman said. “It’s been exhibited in Academic All-Americans and All-ACC and now we are Academic All-ACC Athletes of the Year.”

The 2009 ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year for Men’s Cross Country, Leeder finished fifth at this year’s ACC Championships, completing the 8K course in 23:33 and keying the Seminoles to a third-place finish, 16 points behind ACC Champion Duke. A two-time All-ACC performer and a three-time All-South Region selection, the Brockville, Ontario, native placed fourth at the NCAA South Regional and 43rd at the NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind.

Joining Leeder on the ACC All-Academic team was Michael Fout who earned his first award, while it was Leeder’s third.

“I just can’t talk enough about the emphasis our student athletes put on being the best in the classroom, on the track and in cross country,” Braman added.

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