TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ten Florida State track & field athletes, led by junior Shauna Helps, have been recognized as All-ACC Academic honorees for the 2018 outdoor season, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday.
Helps, a third-time honoree, is one of eight members of the Seminoles women’s team selected to the squad. She is joined by two-time honorees and sophomores Shanice Love and Kayla Maczuga.
“Our ladies did a fantastic job,” said FSU head coach Bob Braman, whose Noles followed up a third-place ACC Outdoor Championships finish by placing 14th at the NCAA Championships. “They’re competing off the track as well as they are on it, and that’s quite an accomplishment in the ACC.”
In addition to the repeat selections, sophomore Janae Caldwell, freshman Lauri Paredes Meza, junior Militsa Mircheva and graduate students Hannah Welsh and Ieva Zarankaite, earned All-ACC Academic honors for the first time.
Of the eight, five competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, led by javelin bronze medalist Paredes Meza and Helps, who lent a leg to the Noles’ eighth-place 4×100 relay finish. In addition to the first-team All-Americans, Zarankaite and Love earned second-team All-American honors in the discus.
“I’m really proud that our top athletes put such and emphasis on class work,” Braman said. “It sets the tone for our entire squad.”
Junior hammer thrower Brandon Tirado was joined by senior triple jumper Montel Nevers, representing the men on the All-ACC Academic squad. Tirado, who earned All-ACC honors, qualified for the NCAA East prelims and ranks No. 3 all-time among Noles in the event, was selected for the second consecutive year.
Nevers, a two-time, first-team All-American in the triple jump, is a first-time selection. The senior from Great Britain excelled in the classroom but suffered the misfortune of missing the ACC Championships when he was diagnosed with pneumonia. Two weeks later he missed a return trip to the NCAA Championships by one spot, placing 13th at the NCAA East Preliminary meet.
“I’m proud of Brandon and Montel,” Braman said. “Those young men worked really hard to earn this honor.”
The Seminoles’ combined 10 honorees ranked fourth among all 15 ACC schools and the eight women selections placed FSU second, by one, behind Virginia Tech.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and cumulatively over one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the teams.
In all, 49 men and 70 women were selected to the All-ACC squads.
The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the 2017-18 academic year, will be released in July.