TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A dozen Florida State track & field student-athletes were recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Friday with their selection to the 2017 All-Academic team.
Florida State’s 12 combined honorees ranked second among all 15 Atlantic Coast Conference programs, trailing only Virginia Tech (14). Duke also had 12 athletes selected.
“I’m just ecstatic that so many of our athletes are being honored,” Florida State coach Bob Braman said. “Every year we’re either first or second amongst ACC schools for this academic honor, and that says a lot with all the distinguished universities in our conference.
“Once again our best athletes end up being our best students. I couldn’t be more proud.”
Senior Nicole Setterington (3.558/exercise science) is among eight Seminole women named to the team. The hurdler from Ontario, Canada is the only three-time selection to the team. She is joined by three-time, first-team All-American discus thrower Kellion Knibb (3.667/master’s media & communications), who earned her second consecutive All-Academic honor.
Senior multi-event standout Melissa-Maree Farrington (3.571/social sciences) was also selected to the team for the second time.
Sophomore Shauna Helps (3.662/exercise science) is also a repeat selection to the team.
First-time honorees among the women are sophomore Shaquania Dorsett (3.725/biochemistry), redshirt freshman Carmela Cardama Baez (3.556/psychology), and freshmen Nicole Breske (3.350/hospitality management) and Shanice Love (3.286/accounting).
Knibb, who was third at the NCAA Championships after becoming the first four-time ACC discus champion, will represent Jamaica at next week’s IAAF World Championships. She is the Jamaican national champion and national record-holder.
Farrington (heptathlon) and Helps (100-meter dash) each repeated as ACC champions for the runner-up Seminoles in 2017.
In addition to Knibb, Love earned second-team All-American honors in the discus. Farrington and Dorsett (400-meter dash) also qualified for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Not surprisingly, given its number of individuals honored, the Florida State women also earned All-Academic team honors for an eighth consecutive year, exceeding the 3.0 grade point minimum standard for recognition with a 3.131 team gpa.
Three of the four Seminole men recognized individually also completed their final seasons of eligibility in 2017, and all four were selected All-Academic for the first time.
Senior indoor 800-meter school record-holder Jake Burton (3.425/business) is joined on the team by 400-meter hurdler James Rhoden (3.544/electrical engineering). the lone men’s selection to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Sprinter Jamal Pitts (3.500/master’s geographic information science), was a member of FSU’s ninth-place NCAA East 4×400-meter relay team. Freshman Steven Simpkins (3.387/marketing) helped the Noles set the school record indoors on the distance medley relay team and is the lone underclassmen among FSU men honored.
In order to be elected for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, student-athletes must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25, including the most recent grading period, and must have completed at least two semesters at the school.
Athletic requirements including ranking among the top 96 nationally in any indoor championship event, or in the top 48 of a championship relay event, or have participated in any round of NCAA outdoor competition.