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A Love story: Hard work on field, in classroom

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Shanice Love knew early on what she didn’t like – sprinting.

And quickly found a favorite event – discus.

“I started off as a sprinter but I was like, ‘This is not for me.’ It was very hard,” Love recalled. “I quit. I decided, ‘I’m going to do discus.’ Nobody knew about throwing back then, back home in Jamaica. … I tried throwing. And it was less work than running around the track.”

Love laughs at the thought. But she quickly admits, “Right now it’s not like that.”

Hard work has put Love in a position to enjoy her success. The two-time ACC discus champion and NCAA Outdoors runner-up in 2019, where she set a personal-best with a throw of 62.69 meters. Love has also competed for Jamaica at the 2019 World Championships and is an Olympic hopeful in 2021. She is also a dedicated accounting student, who is set to graduate in August.

Love is a recipient of the ACC’s Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship scholarship, which will provide $6,000 toward her graduate education. And she has also been named to FSU’s Torchbearer 100 list for her exceptional leadership.

“I appreciate everyone that has recognized my hard work and dedication,” Love said. “I’ve been making sacrifices. I cried because I know I have been working hard. It’s not easy. I know that something will come out of it in the long term.”

Love has always been intrigued by accounting and plans to be a CPA. Director of Field Events/Throws Dorian Scott said Love “has a calm, analytical mind. She looks at things almost like there’s always a solution.”

Scott recruited Love from Jamaica and has seen her mature, as much as any athlete he has coached, he said, noting that Love’s shyness is wearing off. While Love is wired to not be satisfied, Scott encouraged her to reflect and appreciate what she has accomplished.

“I know that everything is dictated through how well her accounting classes are going,” Scott said. “The throwing isn’t easy to her but it’s something that when it’s time to focus in on her sports that’s just like brushing her teeth. It’s very natural. She’s not somebody I have to fight to motivate. But her mood or the way she is going to feel is going to be based on how hard her classes are.”

Love was looking forward to the 2020 outdoor season following what was a junior year filled with consistent performances. She won the FAMU Relays and Florida Relays while also setting the Mike Long Track record at the FSU Relays. Love then captured the prestigious Penn Relays title before also claiming the ACC championship and NCAA East Prelim title leading up to the No. 2 finish at the NCAA Outdoors.

While the sports world is on hold, Love has stayed in Tallahassee, jumping rope and doing what she can to stay in condition. Throwing the discus, for now, isn’t really an option. But she’s still busy, focusing on her final classes as she is nine credit hours from earning her accounting degree later this summer.

“Since I came to Florida State it was always my goal to work hard in school no matter what the results are,” Love said. “From high school, I’ve been working hard in school, getting awards for all my hard work. I wanted to keep that trend going for me.”

Shanice Love accepts her NCAA runner-up trophy. (photo courtesy Bob Thomas / FSU athletics)