April 16, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Goal-oriented Florida State senior Amanda Winslow isn't one to leave anything to chance. That commitment to all-around excellence has her well on the way to graduating as one of the greatest Seminole distance runners of all time, and also one of Florida State's finest student-athletes.
Winslow's final indoor track & field season with the Seminoles was nothing short of sensational on the boards and equally impressive in the classroom. The Atlantic Coast Conference recognized the Lawrenceville, Ga. resident's excellence by selecting Winslow as the 2013 ACC Indoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
"Amanda epitomizes what a great student-athlete should be - great in academics, great in athletics, great in life," Florida State head coach Bob Braman said. "She's just a total superstar."
Winslow, a senior Sport Management major who carries a 3.766 career GPA, headlines the 2013 Women's All-ACC Academic team, which includes nine Seminoles; the second-largest representation from a league school. She is joined by teammates Hannah Acton, Elizabeth Ichite, Jessica Parry, Marecia Pemberton, Colleen Quigley, Kayleigh Tyerman, Sage Watson and Chelsea Whalen.
The only four-time All-ACC Academic selection on the 46-member squad, Winslow was on the Florida State President's List (4.0 GPA) in the fall of 2012.
Whalen, a junior, was selected for a third consecutive year. Parry, Pemberton, Quigley and Tyerman are repeat selections to the All-ACC Academic team. Acton and Watson are freshmen.
On the track, Winslow had few peers in her final season of indoor competition. She capped a record-setting season by placing second in the mile at the 2013 NCAA Championships in an ACC-record time of 4:31.08, which lowered her own previous Florida State mark (4:33.22) set earlier in the season. Winslow also won the ACC Championship in the 3000-meter run for the second consecutive season, this time in an ACC Championship record time of 9:08.31. It marked her second record-setting performance of the meet. She ran the leadoff 1200-meter leg of FSU's record-smashing distance medley relay. That unit took down an 11-year old conference mark with a record time of 10:57.41, which qualified the Seminoles for the NCAA Indoor Championship meet.
In addition to her runner-up finish in the mile at the NCAA meet, Winslow also placed 15th in the 3000-meter run. Earlier in the season she set a new Birmingham (Ala.) CrossPlex facility record with a win at the Auburn Invitational in the 3000 (9:18.48).
Academically, Winslow is also a four-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection. She is the fourth consecutive Seminole to claim Women's ACC Indoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, following Michelle Jenije (2012) and Kimberly Williams (2010, 2011).
The Florida State men's indoor track & field team had a league-leading eight members selected for All-ACC Academic honors. That group includes senior Michael Fout and junior Jakub Zivec, who have won the last two Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. Teammates Stefan Brits, Owen Cain, Jeff Pelage, Alonzo Russell, Kieran Showler-Davis and Stargell Williams were also selected to the All-ACC Academic team. Cain, Pelage, Russell and Williams are first-year Seminoles.
"I'm ecstatic that we led the ACC for number of All-Academic men and were second on the ladies side," Braman said. "Once again our top athletes also achieved greatness in the classroom. Seminole track fans should be proud of how well they represent our program and university.
"It's also exciting that so many of our honorees are underclassmen or first-year Seminoles. That shows that our coaches are choosing wisely."
To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.000 cumulative average during their academic careers.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annual to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports.
Peel, Pelage sweep ACC Performer of the Week honors
Peel earned the top honor for women with her victory in the 1500-meter run. Her winning time of 4:14.40 was not only a lifetime best, but currently ranks No. 2 in the nation and No. 7 on FSU's all-time list. The Great Britain native needed a big final lap to surge past teammate Colleen Quigley, who finished second in 4:15.65, which currently ranks as the No. 3 time nationally and No. 8 on FSU's all-time list.
Pelage captured his first career honor with a huge personal-best in the discus. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native, who came to FSU as a graduate student after starting for the Boston University basketball team, exceeded his previous lifetime best mark by more than six meters. On a day when four of his six throws were career-best marks, Pelage's best throw of 56.19 meters (184-4) moved him to No. 2 in the ACC this season, No. 14 on the NCAA East Preliminary list and No. 29 nationally. He came into the meet with a career-best mark of 50.17.
FSU men climb to No. 5; women also on move
The Florida State men's track & field team will head to this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championship meet one rung higher on the USTFCCCA national computer rankings. The Seminoles climbed to No. 5 nationally this week, but ironically, slipped one spot in the NCAA South Region poll to No. 3 - behind Florida and fast-rising Georgia.
The Seminole women are still working their way toward a top 25 ranking and this week check in at No. 30 in the national computer poll. Over the past three polls the `Noles have moved from No. 47 and No. 37 to their highest ranking yet. FSU moved up one spot to No. 2 in the NCAA South Region poll, trailing Florida.
The ACC Championship meet gets underway Thursday at NC State in Raleigh, N.C. and concludes Saturday. Both Seminole teams figure to contend for titles in what could be one of the closest meets in recent history.