TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Following his historic 2021 cross country season, Adriaan Wildschutt added another award to his collection, as he was named the ACC Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.
The 2021 ACC Runner of the Year is just the fourth Seminole in school history win the Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor and first since Jakub Zivec won the title back in 2012. Wildschutt is the lone runner in FSU history to capture both awards in a single season.
A native of Ceres, South Africa, Wildschutt put together one of the best seasons in school history in 2021, finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships after winning the South Region and ACC titles.
Wildschutt won five races throughout the year, tying the school record set by Herb Wills in 1981, repeating as the USFTCCCA Men’s Athlete of the Year.
Wildschutt is working towards his master’s degree in Business Administration.
“I live by this quote from Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,’” Wildschutt said. “This is a great honor. Knowing I can transfer my athletic ability and consistency into the classroom, it means a lot. I celebrate my academic achievements more often than my athletic accomplishments. It’s important to balance the two and execute at a high level, which is a great illustration of hard work. This wouldn’t have been possible without the resources and support system from FSU.”
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September of 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0-grade point average for their careers, as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
In addition to Wildschutt and Zivec, Matt Leeder (2009) and Michael Fout (2011) also won the honor.
“This is as big of an honor as it gets in the ACC,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “Adriaan is a champion in all aspects of his life. I’m so proud of how he represents our program and Florida State. This is truly big-time.”
Wildschutt along with Ahmed Muhumed, and Silas Griffith were named to the Men’s All-ACC Academic Team for the first time in their careers.
The women’s team had six student-athletes represented, which was the second-highest behind NC State, who had nine.
Maudie Skyring has earned her fourth Women’s All-ACC Academic Team nod, while Lauren Ryan, Erin Phelps and Amanda Beach were named to their second. Agnes McTighe and Jen Lima are first-time recipients.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0-grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.
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2021 All-ACC Men’s Cross Country Academic Team
Nicholas Dahl, Duke, Gr., Statistics
Owen MacKenzie, Duke, Jr., Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sam Rivera, Duke, Jr., Computer Science
Josh Romine, Duke, Gr., Management Studies
Mike Ungvarsky, Duke, Gr., Management Studies
Ahmed Muhumed, Florida State, Gr., International Affairs
Silas Griffith, Florida State, Gr., Social Work
Adriaan Wildschutt, Florida State, Gr., Business Administration
Ian Kibiwot, Louisville, Fr., Geoscience
Gavin Gaynor, NC State, Ph.D., Forest Biomaterials
Nate Kawalec, NC State, Sr., Business Administration
Robinson Snider, NC State, Gr., Mechanical Engineering
Patrick Anderson, North Carolina, Jr., Biology
Will Coogan, North Carolina, So. Biology
Ethan Strand, North Carolina, Fr., Undeclared
Parker Wolfe, North Carolina, Fr., Exercise Sport Science
Andrew Alexander, Notre Dame, Gr., Management
Matthew Carmody, Notre Dame, Sr., Economics
Dylan Jacobs, Notre Dame, Sr., Business Analytics
Danny Kilrea, Notre Dame, Sr., Finance
Josh Methner, Notre Dame. So., Business
Yared Nuguse, Notre Dame, Gr. Management
Jack Miller, Pitt, Jr., Marketing
Alex Comerford, Syracuse, Jr., Applied Data Analysts
Matt Scrape, Syracuse, Jr. Biology
Brody Smith Syracuse, Gr., Public Administration
JP Trojan, Syracuse, Gr., Law
Rohan Aswfa, Virginia, Gr., Ed Psych – Social Foundations
Jacob Hunter, Virginia, Jr., Inter-Environ Tht & Practice
Derek Johnson, Sr., Virginia, Gr., Computer Science
Antonio Lopez Segura, Virginia Tech, Jr., Computer Science
Zach Facioni, Wake Forest, Sr., Economics
Justin Robinson, Wake Forest, Gr., Health & Exercise Science
Thomas Vanoppen, Wake Forest, Gr., Liberal Studies
2021 All-ACC Women’s Cross Country Academic Team
Anna Oeser, Boston College, Sr., English/Political Science
Lauren White, Boston College, Gr., Leadership & Administration
Michaela Reinhart, Duke, Gr., Management Studies
Charlotte Tomkinson, Duke, So., Undeclared
Amanda Beach, Florida State, Gr., Public Health
Jen Lima, Florida State, Sr. Exercise Physiology
Agnes McTighe, Florida State, Fr., Media Comm Studies
Erin Phelps, Florida State, Sr., Exercise Physiology
Lauren Ryan, Florida State, Sr., Sport Management
Maudie Skyring, Florida State, Gr., Exercise Physiology
Nicole Fegans, Georgia Tech, Sr., Business
Brynn Brown, North Carolina, Fr., Neuroscience
Sasha Neglia, North Carolina, So., Statistics and Analytics
Natalie Tyner, North Carolina, Sr., Exercise & Sport Science
Sam Bush, NC State, Jr., Exploratory Studies
Kelsey Chmiel, NC State, Jr., Animal Science
Dominique Clarimonte, NC State, Gr., Teaching MA
Allie Hayes, NC State, Gr., Natural Resources
Heather Holt, NC State, Sr., Human Biology
Mariah Howlett, NC State, Sr., Business Administration
Savannah Shaw, NC State, Gr., Communication
Hannah Steelman, NC State, Gr., NDS
Katelyn Tuohy, NC State, So., Business Administration
Maddy Denner, Notre Dame, Sr., Applied & Comp. Math/Stats
Olivia Markezich, Notre Dame, Jr., Marketing
Holly Bent, Syracuse, Gr., Public Diplomacy & Global Comm.
Annie Boos, Syracuse, Gr., Magazine, Newspaper & Digital Journalism
Sydney Nowicki, Syracuse, Fr., Chemistry
Bethany Steiner, Syracuse, Fr., Health & Exercise Science
Amanda Vestri, Syracuse, Sr., Health & Exercise Science
Margot Appleton, Virginia, Fr., Undeclared
Lindsey Butler, Virginia Tech, Jr., Industrial System Engineering