June 27, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The honors continue to pile up for Florida State's most distinguished track & field athletes.
On Thursday, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced that Seminole seniors Michael Fout and Amanda Winslow had swept the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for the outdoor season. It marked the second such honor for both. In April, Winslow earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the indoor season to become the first ACC athlete to claim indoor and outdoor honors in the same season. Fout also claimed the 2011 Scholar-Athlete award for men's cross country.
"What a tremendous honor," Florida State coach Bob Braman proclaimed. "Mike and Amanda have earned multiple All-American honors competitively over the course of their careers and now they've distinguished themselves as the finest track & field student-athletes in the ACC.
"They are two extraordinarily dedicated distance runners who have worked just as hard on their studies. I'm ecstatic to have our athletes sweep this prestigious honor."
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year program was established in September 2007 and annually awards the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Since its inception, FSU track and cross country athletes have claimed 18 of 36 possible honors - 12 more than any other conference school.
The academic and athletic excellence honors did not stop at the league level for the Seminoles on Thursday. Sophomore Stefan Brits and Winslow continued FSU's long and strong tradition on the national stage, earning Capital One Academic All-America honors, presented by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors Association).
Brits, who carries a 3.94 GPA while majoring in Chemical Science, was named to the second team. Winslow, who has a 3.78 GPA as a Sport Management major, was a third-team selection.
"That's a fantastic honor for Stefan and Amanda," Braman said. "They are two of our hardest workers and are relentless in their pursuit of excellence in everything they do."
The selection of Brits and Winslow gives the Florida State cross country and track & field programs 22 all-time Academic All-America honors. More impressively, 21 of those have been won since the 2005 season. Only one Division I program in the country can claim more during that stretch.
"That's as good as any program in the country," Braman said. "It has become quite a tradition in our program and these honors are viewed as even more prestigious than our athletic All-American awards. FSU track & field and the entire university can be proud of how they represent us."
When it comes to representing Florida State's excellence athletically and academically, the Seminole track & field and cross country programs do it better than most.
Florida State track and cross country athletes have now won four of six Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards in each of the past two seasons; an unparalleled streak in the history of the awards, which date to the fall of 2007.
Fout and Winslow headline the All-ACC Academic teams, which are laden with Seminoles. The FSU women placed a league-leading 10 women on the squad for a second consecutive year, headed by Winslow, who is the lone four-year honoree.
Junior Chelsea Whalen is a third-year member of the team, while Marecia Pemberton, Colleen Quigley and Kayleigh Tyerman are two-time selections. First-time All-ACC Academic selections include freshmen Hannah Acton and Sage Watson, sophomores Sarah Chandler and Linden Hall, and junior Elizabeth Ichite.
Fout is also the lone four-year selection to the All-ACC Academic men's team. He is one of six Seminole men recognized, joining five first-time selections: Brits, freshman Cristobal Hurtado, graduate student Jeff Pelage and juniors Alonzo Russelland Stargell Williams.
Florida State's combined men's and women's total of 16 All-ACC Academic selections was good for a share of the league lead, along with Duke.
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 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.
"Our coaches and academic advisors do a great job of challenging our athletes to reach their absolute academic potential," Braman said. "It's a true source of pride for our athletes and staff alike."
In the case of both ACC Scholar-Athlete and Capital One Academic All-American honors, athletic achievement plays an equal role.
Fout, a Psychology major who graduated in the spring with a 3.45 cumulative GPA, placed fourth at the NCAA Championships in the 10,000 to earn All-American honors. He was the only ACC men's athlete to score in an event at a distance greater than 400 meters. The La Porte, Ind. native also provided the Seminoles with the decisive points en route to the ACC Outdoor team title, when he finished sixth in the 5,000.
Winslow, a candidate for NCAA Woman of the Year, capped her career with an eighth-place finish in the 1500 at the NCAA Championship meet, claiming All-American honors. Earlier in the season the Lawrenceville, Ga. native registered the nation's third-fastest time among collegians for 1500 meters (4:10.79) at the Payton Jordan Invitational, which ranks third in school history behind a pair of past NCAA champions. Winslow collected the sixth ACC title of her career in April at the conference championship meet, winning the 5,000 in 15:54.66, which ranks third in FSU history as well.
Brits, a Cape Town, South Africa native, enjoyed a breakout 2013 season as well. He won the ACC long jump title with a conference meet record leap of 8.05 meters (26-5), then contributed a leg to the Seminoles' winning 4x100 relay as FSU won the team title. His season-best long jump at the ACC meet ranked fourth nationally. Brits qualified for the NCAA Championships in both events, helping the `Noles earn All-American honors in the 4x100 with an eighth-place finish after the quartet ran a season-best 39.14 in the semifinals. He was 12th in the long jump.
All-Time FSU Track/Cross Country
Capital One Academic All-Americans
1985 Wendy Markham (first-team)
2005 Garrett Johnson(second-team)
2005 Tom Lancashire(second-team)
2006 Javier Garcia-Tunon(first-team)
2006 Garrett Johnson (first-team)
2006 Tom Lancashire (first-team)
2006 Lacy Janson (first-team)
2007 Javier Garcia-Tunon (second-team)
2007 Tom Lancashire (second-team)
2008 Javier Garcia-Tunon (first-team)
2009 Gonzalo Barroilhet (second-team)
2009 Javier Garcia-Tunon (first-team)
2009 Susan Kuijken (first-team)
2010 Gonzalo Barroilhet (first-team)
2010 Kimberly Williams (first-team)
2011 Ciaran O'Lionaird(third-team)
2011 Kimberly Williams (first-team)
2012 Hannah Brooks (first-team)
2012 Gonzalo Barroilhet (second-team)
2012 Michelle Jenije (third-team)
2013 Stefan Brits (second-team)
2013 Amanda Winslow (third-team)
Most Track/Cross Country
Capital One Academic All-Americans (2005-present)
Florida State 21
North Dakota State 17
Arizona State 16
Notre Dame 16
Kansas State 12
All-Time FSU Track/Cross Country
ACC Scholar-Athletes of the Year
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
2009 Javier Garcia-Tunon
2011 Ciaran O'Lionaird
2012 Gonzalo Barroilhet
2013 Michael Fout
Women's Outdoor Track & Field
2009 Susan Kuijken
2013 Amanda Winslow
Men's Indoor Track & Field
2008 Mark Buckingham
Women's Indoor Track & Field
2010 Kimberly Williams
2011 Kimberly Williams
2012 Michelle Jenije
2013 Amanda Winslow
Men's Cross Country
2009 Matthew Leeder
2011 Michael Fout
2012 Jakub Zivec
Women's Cross Country
2008 Lydia Willemse
2009 Susan Kuijken
2010 Jennifer Dunn
2011 Hannah Brooks
Most ACC Track/Cross Country
Scholar-Athletes of the Year (2007-present)
(Out of 36 possible)
Florida State 18
Virginia Tech 4
NC State 3
North Carolina 1
Wake Forest 1