March 18, 2021
Wildschutt Named South Region Athlete of the Year

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  –   Florida State junior Adriaan Wildschutt was named the 2020 USTFCCCA Cross Country South Region Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

Wildschutt becomes the fourth Seminole in school history to capture the award, joining Jakub Zivec (2012), David Forrester (2011) and Ciaran O’Lionaird (2010).

“Adriaan certainly made his presence known in just 10 weeks that he was the class of the region,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “This is a well-deserved honor.”

Wildschutt was the national runner-up at the 2020 NCAA Championships in the men’s 10K (29:48.2), producing the highest finish by a Seminole in school history.

The Ceres, South Africa, native, is also the first FSU All-American since 2012 and 10th in school history. It was also the second-best performance by a runner from the ACC in conference history.

Prior to the NCAA Championships, Wildschutt set the ACC, FSU and South African national record in the 5,000m on the Friday before the race at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at 13:30.55 for fourth place.

Wildschutt made his debut by finishing third in the FSU Winter Classic on Feb. 5 (23:16.7) and he followed that performance by winning the FSU Last Chance Meet (23:30.8) on March 5. He was named the ACC Performer of the Week following both meets. Both performances also rank third and eighth in Apalachee Regional Park history.

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