TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s track & field team not only authored a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, they excelled in the classroom throughout the year.
The Seminoles’ roster of 64 women compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.42, easily earning All-Academic team honors, as announced by the US Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.
Among the 277 NCAA Division I women’s teams to meet the qualifying standard, FSU ranked 14th among all 65 Power Five conference schools based on grade point average. Only two ACC schools – Duke and Notre Dame – had higher cumulative averages. Florida State also had the highest gpa of in-state women’s teams.
The Noles were even better when it came to individual recognition. Twelve women earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. Those recognized must have a cumulative gpa of 3.25 or better and have either ranked among the top 96 nationally in an individual event (top 48 relay) during the indoor season, or have competed in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships outdoors.
Only six Division I programs had more All-Academic honorees than the Noles. National champion Arkansas and Nebraska led the nation with 16 selections each, followed by Stanford (15) and the trio of Duke, BYU and Ohio State, with 14 each.
Florida State senior All-American Shauna Helps led the way as a fourth-time All-Academic selection, while junior Shanice Love, also a first-team All-American, was honored for the third time in her career. Helps ran the third leg on FSU’s seventh-place and ACC record-setting 4×100 relay. Love was the NCAA runner-up in the discus.
Nicole Breske, Janae Caldwell, Elizabeth Funderburk, Madison Harris, Jodie Judd, Kayla Maczuga, Militsa Mircheva, Megan Mooney, Jogaile Petrokaite and Maudie Skyring rounded out the honored Noles women. Petrokaite was an NCAA Outdoor finalist in the long jump, while Mircheva competed in the 10,000-meter run at the championship meet.
Florida State’s men had three All-Academic selections, led by senior Brandon Tirado, who earned his third such recognition. He was joined by senior Istvan Szogi and junior David Lott.