June 26, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Beyond the tremendous competitive success the Florida State track & field and cross country teams enjoyed throughout the 2013-14 school year, the Seminoles were equally impressive in the classroom.
Three Seminoles - Stefan Brits, Alonzo Russell and Colleen Quigley - were selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America teams, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA). Their selection continues an impressive trend of academic excellence for the FSU cross country and track & field programs, which have produced 24 Academic All-Americans since 2005.
Only one other NCAA Division I program has produced more over the past 10 years.
"I'm so proud of our program's history of Academic All-American honors," FSU track & field and men's cross country coach Bob Braman said. "Over the last 10 years we've been one of the top programs in the country in number of honorees. Our top athletes have also been our best students. But I'm just blown away that we had three athletes named Academic All-American. Simply spectacular."
Florida State is one of four programs to produce three Academic All-Americans in 2014, joining Drake, Nebraska and New Mexico. The multiple selections, however, are not unique for the Seminoles, who produced four in 2006 and three each in 2009 and 2012.
Not only did FSU lead all Atlantic Coast Conference schools, the rest of the league combined for only five selections. Furthermore, FSU was the only Division I school from Florida represented on the 45-member men's or women's teams.
Brits, a junior from Cape Town, South Africa, is a repeat selection. A Chemical Science major with a 3.91 GPA, Brits helped the Seminoles claim the ACC Indoor team title with his fourth-place finish in the long jump before a season-ending injury denied the two-time, first-team All-American the opportunity to successfully defend his 2013 ACC Outdoor long jump crown. A second-team selection in 2013, Brits is a third-team Academic All-American in 2014 and the sixth Seminole to be recognized in multiple years.
Russell, a graduating senior completing his degree in Psychology this summer, also earned third-team Academic All-American honors. The Freeport, Bahamas native boasts a 3.78 GPA and earned first-team All-American honors for the Seminoles as a member of the seventh-place 4x400 relay team at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships, where the FSU men placed fourth for its first podium finish since 2009. Russell was an NCAA Outdoor qualifier earlier this month, competing on both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. The junior college transfer will leave FSU a three-time, first-team All-American and as a member of the indoor school-record 4x400 relay team after helping the `Noles to three conference championships, including a sweep of the indoor and outdoor titles this season.
"I'm especially pleased for senior Alonzo Russell to receive this honor in just two years of competition, and in his senior year," Braman said. "Colleen and Stefan will undoubtedly be in the mix to add to their impressive resumes. Collectively, they are as fine of student-athletes as you'll ever find."
Quigley holds a place of special distinction among the group. The junior from St. Louis, Mo., who is carrying a 3.94 GPA as a Dietetics major, had a hand in delivering the Florida State women the ACC Triple Crown as the `Noles swept the cross country, indoor and outdoor team titles. She was selected as a second-team Academic All-American.
A first-team All-American in both cross country and indoor track this past school year, Quigley placed sixth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and was selected as both the ACC Performer of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, after helping the `Noles extend lengthy streaks of conference and South Region team titles. She followed up with a sixth-place finish in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships, after claiming the ACC mile title. Outdoors, Quigley won her second consecutive ACC Outdoor Championship in the steeplechase before suffering a season-ending injury which snapped her streak of six consecutive seasons of earning first-team All-American honors between cross country and track.
All three honorees were joined by teammate Hannah Acton on the 2014 CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 team, released last month.
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