Feb. 27, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State junior Jakub Zivec's 2012 cross country season to remember got a bit better Wednesday. Zivec, who earned All-American and All-ACC honors for his leading role with the Seminoles in the fall, was named ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Zivec, a Finance major with a 3.517 GPA over the past two semesters, is the second consecutive Seminole - the third in four years - to claim conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. The Litomerice, Czech Republic native joins former teammates and past winners Michael Fout (2011) and Matthew Leeder (2009).
"This is great," FSU men's cross country coach Bob Braman said. "Here's a guy that improved from 138th at the national meet to 21st and is an All-American. He's a self-made All-American, as well as an outstanding student.
"We continually have our top guys set the standard for the rest of the team. ... It is a point of pride for our guys to win that award. It's a quite an honor to win it in a really good academic conference."
Zivec spent most of the season as the No. 1 runner for the Seminoles, who finished third at the ACC Championship, where he earned All-ACC honors by placing 13th. He and the `Noles bounced back by winning the NCAA South Regional team title, where Zivec claimed the individual championship and earned NCAA South Region Performer of the Year honors. A week later FSU authored its second-best NCAA Championship performance in program history, placing fifth.
He is one of three `Noles to earn All-ACC Academic honors for 2012, joining graduate students Paul Lagno and Seth Proctor. Zivec and Proctor were recognized earlier in the week with United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors, and the Seminoles also earned USTFCCCA All-Academic team honors for posting a cumulative team GPA of 3.20 in the fall. Only one team that finished in the top five at the NCAA Championship meet had a higher GPA.
Florida State women's coach Karen Harvey had a lot to be proud of on and off the course with her team this past season. The Seminoles were recognized with a conference-leading six student-athletes claiming All-ACC Academic honors. Seniors Jennifer Dunn, Jessica Parry, Kayleigh Tyerman and Amanda Winslow, earned the distinction, along with sophomores Colleen Quigley and Aubree Worden.
Parry and Winslow earned All-ACC Academic honors for the fourth time in their careers, while Dunn is a three-time recipient for the Seminoles, who claimed their fourth consecutive ACC Championship in the fall. A trio of `Noles - Quigley, Tyerman and Winslow - also earned All-ACC honors for their performances on the course.
"The ladies on the team never cease to amaze me," Harvey said.
The Seminole women aren't only the most successful team on the course and the classroom in the ACC, that distinction carries over to the national level as well.
Five student-athletes from the squad, which finished fourth at the NCAA Championship meet, earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors as well. Quigley and Winslow, who earned All-American distinction for placing 12th and 17th, respectively, at the championship, were joined by Tyerman, Parry and Dunn on the All-Academic squad.
No other team had more than four student-athletes recognized. The Seminole women were also bestowed All-Academic team honors after posting a team GPA of 3.39, which trailed only national champion Oregon among podium finishers at the NCAA Championship meet.
"They are committed to be true student-athletes," Harvey said. "What an achievement to have the most honorees in the ACC and the USTFCCCA."
To be eligible for All-ACC Academic honors, student-athletes must have earned a 3.00 GPA for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 GPA average during their careers. Only juniors and seniors are eligible for Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
The USTFCCCA requires a semester 3.25 GPA, and athletes must earn either All-American honors or finish among the top 10 percent of runners at NCAA Regional competition. Only teams with cumulative 3.00 GPA's are eligible for team recognition.
Florida State joined Florida Atlantic and USF as the only in-state schools to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for both its men's and women's programs.