Florida State’s Brits named Men’s Track and Field Academic All-American of the Year
Five men and women named to Academic All-America Teams
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Florida State’s Stefan Brits, the 2016 ACC Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, has been named the Division I CoSIDA Men’s Track and Field Academic All-American of the Year and headlines the 2016 Academic All-America Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country Team.
Brits, who this year began work on his doctoral degree in chemistry from FSU, completed his final year of outdoor competition with an NCAA Division I-leading mark of 8.22 meters (26-11.75) in the long jump. The Cape Town, South Africa, native achieved the mark on his first attempt at last month’s ACC Championships – breaking his own meet record with a distance that at the time ranked as the sixth-best in the world. This is the fourth CoSIDA Academic All-America® selection for Brits, who will represent his country in the long jump at the Summer Olympics this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Including Brits, five ACC student-athletes were named to the men’s and women’s Academic All-America Team highlighted by four First Team selections – NC State’s Jonathan Addison, Syracuse’s Martin Hehir, Brits and Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel. Colin Bennie of Syracuse was named to the Second Team.