TALLAHASSEE – Shanice Love is adding another chapter to her already-distinguished Florida State track & field career, with her selection to the 2020 Academic All-America® Track & Field/Cross Country team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The senior accounting major from Kingston, Jamaica is the 31st Academic All-America selection from the track & field and cross country program, which leads all Florida State programs. She is the programs’ first woman to achieve the honor since Colleen Quigley and Hannah Acton in 2015, and the first overall since Stefan Brits in 2016.
“This is great news,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “Academic All-American is a truly rare honor and puts her in company of some the greatest Seminole student-athletes ever. Shanice is a perfectionist and she takes that focus and work-ethic to class the same way she does when competing for National titles or Olympic berths.
“I’m really proud of her. This is as good as it gets in our business.”
Love was nothing short of spectacular during the 2019 outdoor season, placing second at the NCAA Championships in the discus to earn first-team All-American honors. She won six of eight collegiate competitions in her most recent season, including her second consecutive ACC and Penn Relays titles, extending an impressive streak.
Noles have won six of the last seven ACC, and five of the last six Penn Relays discus titles.
Ranked No. 2 in FSU history in the discus, Love also broke predecessor and fellow Jamaican Kellion Knibb’s Mike Long Track record and was honored as the 2019 ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Year.
She followed up with a huge post-collegiate season, while representing Jamaica internationally, winning gold at the North America, Central America & Caribbean (NACAC) Championships in Mexico, placing sixth at the Pan American Games in Peru and finishing 16th at the October IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Throughout, the three-time All-ACC Academic and USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, has achieved at a high level in the classroom in pursuit of her accounting degree.
“I push the crew pretty hard academically, but she is on another level,” said Dorian Scott, FSU’s director of field events and Love’s coach. “She really has a culture within herself academically to just keep the pressure on to succeed. Shanice is super-balanced, so it’s never too much of a student or too much of an athlete.
“It’s nice to see that the same success she’s hitting on the track, she’s getting academically.”
Love’s well-rounded excellence has not gone unrewarded. The 2020 Golden Nole honoree was the recipient of an ACC Postgraduate Scholarship in February, and recognized as one of Florida State’s exceptional undergraduate student leaders at the March Torchbearer 100 ceremony.
By adding her name to the distinguished list of track & field Academic All-American Noles she joins the likes of former greats Kimberly Williams, Gonzalo Barroilhet, Susan Kuijken, Alonzo Russell, Quigley and Brits – each of whom were either NCAA champions, Olympians, or both – as well as Garrett Johnson.
Johnson, a two-time NCAA shot put champion and former teammate of Scott’s, was the last thrower to earn Academic All-American honors over the course of a spectacular career.
“I trained with Garrett so I already knew what level of focus he had academically, being a Rhodes Scholar and working at [Florida Governor] Jeb Bush’s office,” Scott said. “Wow! She’s in the Garrett conversation. That is really cool.
“I couldn’t be more proud. It’s great for our throws group and it’s good for the legacy of our throws tradition of being good academically. She is the right person for the baton to be passed to; being the beacon of academic excellence at FSU.”
Though Love had her 2020 outdoor season wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic, she will have an opportunity to build on her legacy in 2021, returning as a graduate student after the NCAA granted an additional year of eligibility for the 2020 senior class.