Tallahassee Community College’s Genevieve Printiss has been named the inaugural recipient of the Florida College System Activities Association’s Larry Monts Scholar-Athlete Award for women’s cross country.


The award, presented to the top scholar-athlete in both men’s and women’s cross country, is named for Monts, who was a long-time cross country and track and field coach at Florida State College at Jacksonville.


Printiss, a native of Carrabelle, and a 2018 graduate of Franklin County High School, starred on the trails for the Eagles in 2018 and 2019 and was poised to run her second season of outdoor track before the COVID-19 crisis ended the spring sports season last month.


Last fall, she finished third at the FCSAA Championships to earn All-State honors and finished 67th overall at the NJCAA Championships, running the second-fastest time among all Region 8 participants.


She was named NJCAA Female Runner of the Week on Oct. 17 after posting a school-record 5K time of 20:04.5 at the prestigious FSU Invitational, where she was the top two-year runner.


As a freshman, Printiss also participated in the NJCAA Half Marathon, finishing 32nd overall, and was the Eagles’ first-ever qualifier for the NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, finishing 25th in the 1500m.


“Beyond the accomplishments and accolades, Genevieve has been a model ambassador for our athletics program,” said director of athletics Rob Chaney. “She is a leader, always encouraging and pushing her teammates to strive for excellence, and has represented her team and our program with the utmost character and integrity.


“She embodies the term ‘student-athlete’ and is the type of individual any athletic director would wish to have in their program,” he said


Academically, Printiss has few rivals. She currently boasts a 4.0 grade point averaged and will graduate next month with her A.A. degree. To date, she has twice been named a NJCAA Cross Country Scholar All-American and was named All-Academic by the NJCAA, FCSAA and Panhandle Conference in 2019, honors she will repeat later this spring.


She is also a nominee for the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


Printiss will enroll in the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources & Conservation this fall and is considering running for UF’s renowned club team.


By virtue of receiving the Monts Award, Printiss is a finalist for the FCSAA’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which will be announced in May.