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Distinquished Dozen!
Otniel Teixeira, the ACC 800-meter champion and an NCAA qualifier, earned All-ACC Academic honors for the first time.

Otniel Teixeira, the ACC 800-meter champion and an NCAA qualifier, earned All-ACC Academic honors for the first time.

July 2, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A dozen members of the Florida State men's and women's outdoor track & field teams were selected to the All-ACC Academic team as announced by the Commissioner John Swofford on Wednesday.

Of the 12 Seminoles recognized, 11 advanced to NCAA postseason competition, including seven NCAA Outdoor Championships participants. Three of those earned first-team All-American honors.

Three-time honorees Marecia Pemberton and Colleen Quigley led a group of nine FSU women on the team, matching the most selections of any of the 15 conference members. In order to eligible for All-ACC Academic consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a minimum 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during his or her academic career.

FSU's winners excelled while pursuing a broad spectrum of majors. In addition to Pemberton (International Affairs, M.S.) and Quigley (Dietetics), Hannah Acton (Exercise Science) and Linden Hall (Dietetics) earned All-ACC Academic honors for a second consecutive year. They are joined by first-time recipients Karly Jackson (Meteorology), Jande Pierce (Political Science), Nicole Setterington (Exercise Science), Hannah Walker (Food & Nutrition Science, M.S.) and Pippa Woolven (Interdisciplinary Social Sciences).

Quigley was recently named Capital One Academic All-American, while Hall, Pemberton and Pierce earned first-team All-American honors at the NCAA Championships for the women, who posted the top team finish (16th) among ACC teams.

The trio of Seminole men recognized for their success include two-time recipients Alonzo Russell (Psychology) and Jakub Zivec (Finance). Otniel Teixeira (Criminology) rounds out the All-ACC Academic `Noles.

Russell joined Quigley in earning Capital One Academic All-American honors.

Florida State's 12 combined recipients ranked third among all 15 ACC teams, trailing only Duke (19) and Notre Dame (13).

The Seminole men and women swept the ACC Outdoor Championships this past spring, with the women becoming just the fourth program in conference history to claim the Triple Crown.

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