Emma Driggers
Emma Driggers
Height: 5-7
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Mauldin, SC
High School: Mauldin HS
Major: History / French

FMU: 3-year returning letterwinner....PBC All-Academic Team 2019, 2018, 2017....2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Team for NCAA Division II....Spent the 2019 spring semester studying overseas as part of an FMU cooperative program....2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Team for District III....2019 Swamp Fox Academic Award recipient....Received the Phi Kappa Phi Award at the 2019 Academic Awards Day ceremony....Ran in all 7 meets as a junior and was the team's third finisher in every race....Placed 62nd at 2018 PBC Championships and 135th at NCAA II Southeast Regional Meet....Competed in all six meets as a sophomore....Second FMU finisher in two 2017 races....Finished third at the season-opening 2017 Carolina Challenge....Placed 57th at 2017 PBC Meet and 127th at NCAA II Southeast Championships....FMU Team MVP 2016....Ran in all six meets in 2016 (team's top finisher in 5 of 6 events)....Won the 2016 Methodist College Invitational Meet (21:23)....Four Top-20 showings....Placed 73rd at 2016 PBC Championships and 133rd at NCAA II Southeast Regional Meet....Really looking forward to the 2016 fall with Emma on board....Looked at as the cornerstones of the program for the next four years....Was a front runner and team captain in high school....Led her team to the state championship meet....Outgoing....Vocal leader....Adventurous....Looking forward to the opportunities to grow in all aspects of her life that Francis Marion University will provide her....FMU Honors Program....McNair Scholar....CHE Palmetto Fellow....Patriot Mentor....Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) national leadership honor society....Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society....FMU Student Marshal 2017-18....Phi Alpha Theta history honor society....Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) 2019-20....Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll 2017, 2018, 2019....FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll 2016 (fall), 2017 (spring, fall), 2018 (spring, fall)....Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM)....Writing Center Tutor.

PERSONAL:

  • Born Emma Pauline Driggers in Greenville, S.C.
  • Graduate of Mauldin High School, where she ran for coach Delmer Howell
  • Four-year letterwinner
  • As a senior, placed 27th at the AAAA state championship meet with a time of 20:08, while helping the Mavericks to a seventh-place team finish
  • 2015 All-Greenville County selection
  • 2015 Wendy’s High School Heisman state finalist
  • Her team’s most valuable player each of her last three seasons
  • Named to the 2015 Shrine Bowl Run
  • Personal-best time for 5,000 meters is 19:57
  • As a junior, finished 53rd at the AAAA state meet in a time of 20:15.30 and Mauldin finished ninth in the team standings
  • Track and cross country team captain in 2015
  • Lettered in track for four years
  • In the classroom, was named a 2015 Mauldin High School Junior Marshal after ranking in the Top 12 of her class
  • Was selected as a 2014 Martin Luther King Award winner for athletics in Greenville County

PERSONAL FAVORITES:

  • As a child what you wanted to be when you grew up:  Spy or FBI agent
  • Favorite Superhero: White Canary
  • Favorite Athlete:  Paul Pogba
  • Favorite Sports Team:  French National Soccer Team
  • Favorite Movie or TV Show:   Arrow
  • Favorite Food:  Zaxby's
  • Favorite Vacation Spot:  Myrtle Beach
  • Instagram Account: emma_driggers98
  • Your Motivation Music: Queen's "Can't stop me now"
  • Favorite Thing About FMU:  Friendly faculty and staff
  • Favorite Off-Field Activity:  Open mic night at Soule
  • Goals for Upcoming Season:  Repeat as Academic All American
  • Why you first chose your sport:  I could work hard and be successful
  • The biggest mental challenge to you improving faster: Enduring the pain
  • Interesting Notes:  2019 Google Cloud Academic All American; Studied abroad spring 2019 in Dijon, France; Fluent in French; Cross Country MVP 2016
  • Any Brush With Greatness:  Got really close to Elton John at my first concert
Best 5K Time

 20:30 at 2017 PBC Championship Meet

Best 6K Time

 25:56 at 2016 NCAA SE Regional Championships