TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Seven Florida State cross country athletes have earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, and both the women and men earned team honors, capping a season that saw the Seminoles return to the NCAA Championships.
Women’s cross country coach Kelly Phillips had five Noles earn All-Academic, trailing only Arkansas nationally. It was also the most honorees by an FSU team – men or women – since 2012.
Graduate student and All-American Militsa Mircheva, the South Region champion and Performer of the Year, led the way for the Seminoles, who won the South Region team title for their first trip to the NCAA Championships since 2014. She was joined by All-Region selections Elizabeth Funderburk, Maudie Skyring, Jodie Judd and Megan Mooney.
All five are first-time All-Academic honorees in cross country, which requires a cumulative GPA of at 3.25 and a finish in the top 25 at the regional meet.
“We had a tremendous fall in every way. Not only did we win the South Region title and get back to the NCAA Championships, but we had the highest team GPA in 22 years,” Phillips said. “That’s a tribute to the entire group, but especially our leaders. When your top five earns All-Region and All-Academic honors, they are setting the tone for the entire team. We had that from Militsa, Maudie, Megan, Jodie and Elizabeth and it certainly carried over to the others.”
The Noles women secured All-Academic team honors for the ninth consecutive year by posting a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.59, which eclipsed the previous high of 3.48 set last season. That reflects the combined efforts of a 31-woman roster, 29 of whom earned at least 3.00 averages, and including six 4.00 averages and 14 others at 3.75 or better during the fall semester.
The Seminole men, who returned to the NCAA Championship meet for the first since 2015 following a runner-up finish at the South Region Championships, earned All-Academic team honors for the second consecutive year after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.14.
Junior Steven Cross and redshirt freshman Caleb Pottorff earned All-Academic individual honors for the men. It was Cross’ second honor in cross country, but first since 2016.
“I’m really proud of the job our kids did in the classroom,” FSU men’s coach Bob Braman said. “Steven and Caleb are natural leaders, and they certainly set the tone for our guys.”
The Seminoles had few peers when it came to collecting honors. The FSU women led all ACC schools with five selections, while the combined total of seven All-Academic honorees matched Notre Dame for the most among conference members.
“To equal Notre Dame for total honorees of all the prestigious ACC schools speaks a lot about this achievement,” Braman said.
USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams
Florida State Women 3.59 GPA
Florida State Men 3.14 GPA
USTFCCCA All-Academic Selections
Elizabeth Funderburk / Freshmen / Finance
Jodie Judd / Sophomore / Editing, Writing & Media
Militsa Mircheva / Graduate / International Affairs
Megan Mooney / Junior / Hospitality & Tourism
Maudie Skyring / Sophomore / Exercise Physiology
Steven Cross / Junior / Finance
Caleb Pottforff / R-Freshman / Exercise Physiology