Feb. 14, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas – Rice University men’s track and field head coach Jon Warren announced on Friday the addition of six student-athletes to the Owls program via national letters of intent.
“I am extremely excited about this group of young men who have dedicated themselves to our program,” Warren. “Each student-athlete brings something special to the table and I’m anxious to see how their careers develop here at Rice.”
Stephen Booker, from Delmar, New York (Bethlehem Central High School), is a distance runner who placed seventh at the 2014 New York State Cross Country Meet. As a junior, Booker ran a 4:15 in the 1600 and a 9:15 in the 3200. Booker will be competing in the mile run in the NYRR Millrose Games this weekend at the New Balanca Track & Field Center in New York.
Matthew Calem, from Vienna, Virginia (James Madison High School), is also a distance runner who placed second in the Virginia State Meet and ran a 4:16 in the 1600. Calem also ran cross country and placed second at the VHSL Conference 6 Championships.
Charlie Card-Childers, out of Lawrenceville, New Jersey (Lawrenceville High School), is a multi-sport athlete who competes in the decathlon, high jump (6’6”), javelin and discus. He also is a power forward for his high school basketball team. Card-Childers has placed first in both the NJIAA and Mid-Atlantic Prep League in the high jump and javelin. He is expected to being a Decathlete at Rice.
David Diaz, from Lake Orion, Michigan (Lake Orion High School), ran a 1:54 in the 800 and a 4:21 in the 1600 as a sophomore but did not compete his junior year. Diaz, who will compete his senior season, is expected to lower his marks to a 1:52 in the 800 and 4:15 in the 1600 as a senior.
Bradley Dohner, out of Spring, Texas (Klein Oak High School), is a distance runner who was a 2014 Texas State Meet qualifier in cross country and was third at the Region II 5A meet. Dohner has run a 4:17 in the 1600 and a 9:22 in the 3200.
Patrick McCoy, from The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands High School), jumped 46’10’’ in the triple jump and placed sixth in the Region II 5A meet. He will also be a long jumper and compete on relays.