2015 All-ACC Academic Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Team Announced
Florida State’s Colleen Quigley recognized as sport’s ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State’s Colleen Quigley has been recognized as the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year and heads up the sport’s All-ACC Academic Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.
An elite distance runner who graduated in May as a Garnet and Gold Scholar with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, Quigley set the ACC record in the 3,000 meters steeplechase at the NCAA Championships earlier this month at Eugene, Oregon. Quigley’s gold medal time of 9:29.32 ranked as third-fastest in collegiate history as she earned All-America honors for the ninth time in her collegiate running career.
Quigley lowered her steeplechase mark to 9:24.92 at last week’s USA Track & Field Championships, placing third to earn a spot at the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.
A St. Louis native, Quigley also took an ACC Championships gold medal in the women’s 1,500 meters with a time of 4:14.06. Her time of 4:11.61 in the 1,500 on April 16 at the Mt. SAC relays ranked third nationally for the 2015 season.
Quigley earned All-ACC Outdoor Academic honors for her fourth consecutive season as a Seminole and received Academic All-America recognition for the second straight year. She is a two-time winner of the Golden Nole Award as Florida State’s top student-athlete. This marks the second ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award of the academic year for Quigley, who was also honored following the Indoor Track season.
Quigley joins former Duke standout Juliet Bottorff as the only student-athletes in league history to earn the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in women’s cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their careers as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
Every member the 2015 All-ACC Academic Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Team also scored earned All-Conference honors or place among the top eight in their respective event, earned athletic or academic All-America honors, was named an ACC Performer of the Week on at least one occasion and/or qualified for the finals of the NCAA Championships held earlier this month at Eugene, Oregon.
Two NCAA champions are among the All-Academic honorees in FSU’s Quigley and Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel.
The All-ACC Academic Team also includes three members of the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in Miami’s Lea Johnson (first team) and Florida State’s Quigley and Hannah Acton (second team).
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career.
The complete 2015 Women’s Outdoor Track and Field All-ACC Academic Team:
Name, School Class Major
Ann Isabelle Kennedy, Boston CollegeFr.Secondary Education/English
Liv Westphal, Boston CollegeSr.Communications
Danielle Winslow, Boston CollegeSr.Chemistry
Grace Barnett, ClemsonFr.Elementary Education
Erica Brand, DukeGr.Humanities
Megan Clark, DukeJr.Psychology
Madison Heath, DukeFr.Undeclared
Karli Johonnot, DukeSr.Psychology
Madeline Kopp, DukeSo.Literature
Hannah Acton, Florida StateJr.Exercise Science
Linden Hall, Florida StateSr.Dietetics
Elizabeth Ichite, Florida StateGr.Biomedical Sciences