Seven Earn Indoor Track & Field All-ACC Academic
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Seven Florida State student-athletes have been selected to the All-ACC Academic Indoor Track & Field team as announced by the conference office Thursday.
Graduate student Kellion Knibb headlines a group of five members of the Seminole women’s track & field team, which placed third at ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships. Knibb is joined by senior Melissa-Maree Farrington, sophomore Shauna Helps and redshirt freshmen Carmela Cardama Baez and Safia Morgan.
Graduate student Jamal Pitts was recognized by the conference office along with freshman Humberto Freire, as representatives from the men’s team, which also finished third.
“Every year our student-athletes do a great job in the classroom, but it’s even more impressive when they are also your best athletes,” said Florida State head coach Bob Braman. “These seven make our entire athletic department proud.”
Knibb, a multi-time member of the All-ACC Academic teams, finished fifth at the ACC Championships in the shot put. On the heels of her 2016 Rio Olympic Games appearance for Jamaica in the discus, she posted a 3.667 gpa in her first postgraduate semester of media and communication studies.
Farrington, a social science major with a 3.596 gpa, posted the top finish among the FSU women recognized by grabbing bronze in the pentathlon and qualifying for her first NCAA Indoor Championships where she earned second-team All-American honors.
Helps recorded a pair of second-team All-ACC honors by finished fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 60. Those performances capped an indoor campaign which saw the Jamaican star post the No. 4 200 and No. 6 60 times in program history. The exercise science major carries a 3.683 gpa.
Like Helps, Cardama Baez scored in two events at the ACC Championships, highlighted by her fourth-place finish in the 5000 with the No. 4 time in FSU history. She came back a day later to place seventh in the 3000. A psychology major competing in her first track & field season, she holds a 3.736 gpa.
Morgan, competing in her first ACC Championships, earned a share of sixth place in the high jump. Through three semesters the economics major boasts a perfect 4.00 gpa.
Freire was the top scorer at the ACC Indoor Championships, as he handled the 800 leg on FSU’s silver medal-winning distance medley relay team, which also shattered the Florida State school record. The Miami native also logged the No. 8 indoor 800 time in his first season of competition while posting a 3.25 gpa.
Pitts, a standout academically as an undergraduate, has excelled with a 3.393 gpa in pursuit of his geographic information sciences master’s degree. A first-time ACC indoor finalist in the 200 he was alsoa member of FSU’s fourth-place 4x400 relay team.