April 7, 2010
Houston -- Rice University men's track and field athlete Jason Colwick and volleyball player Tracey Lam have received Rice's highest athletic honors at the annual Night of the Owl athletic awards ceremony held inside Tudor Fieldhouse.
Colwick, a two-time national champion pole vaulter, is this year's winner of the Bob Quin Award, which is awarded to Rice's most outstanding all-around senior male athlete. It is given in memory of Bob Quin, a well-respected Rice student-athlete who passed away during an Atlantic voyage in 1930.
Lam receives the Joyce Pounds Hardy Award, which honors long-time Rice supporter Joyce Pounds Hardy and is presented to the top overall female student-athlete for her efforts in athletics, in the classroom, and in the community.
Colwick becomes the 80th recipient of the Bob Quin Award and he is the 18th track and field student-athlete to be so honored.
A native of San Marcos, Texas, Colwick won the 2009 NCAA Indoor pole vault title with a mark of 5.60m/18-4.5 and he won the 2009 NCAA Outdoor pole vault title with a height of 5.70m/18-8.25. Colwick also captured the 2010 C-USA Indoor pole vault crown (5.36m/17-7). During the 2010 indoor season, Colwick placed second at the NCAA championship with a height of 5.50m/18-0.5.
He is the school record-holder for indoor pole vault with a mark of 5.67m/18-7.25 set at the 2010 Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational and he owns the Rice outdoor record as well with a winning mark of 5.72m/18-9.25 set at the 2009 Texas Relays.
He was named the Conference USA Male Athlete of the Year for 2008-09.
Colwick will graduate with a 3.03 gpa in mechanical engineering this May. Jason is the son of Steve and Jamie Colwick and he is a member of Martel College.
A libéro on Rice's NCAA volleyball team, Lam is the sixth volleyball player to be honored with the Joyce Pounds Hardy Award since the award's inception in 1975. She is also the first volleyball student-athlete to win it since Darcy Cruikshank was recognized in 1997.
During the 2009 volleyball season, Lam set school records for digs in a season with 633, which is fifth-best in Conference USA history, as well career-digs with 1,701, which ranks seventh-most in C-USA. Her 5.50 digs per set average ranked ninth-best in the nation. For her outstanding efforts, she was named C-USA Libéro of the Year, first team All-C-USA, C-USA Championship All-Tournament Team, AVCA All-Midwest Region, and AVCA Honorable Mention All-America.
Lam is just has talented in the classroom as she is on the volleyball court. She was selected to the C-USA All-Academic team for the second-straight year in 2009 and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI team for a second time as well.
The San Francisco native has an impressive 3.73 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in economics and Asian studies. She is the daughter of Khen Lam and Mai Mao and is a member of Lovett College.
2010 Bob Quin Award: Jason Colwick, track and field
2010 Joyce Pounds Hardy Award: Tracey Lam, volleyball
Sport MVP Awards
Baseball - 2009 Dell Morgan Award - Anthony Rendon
Women's basketball - Gene Hackerman Award - D'Frantz Smart and Jackie Stanley
Men's basketball - Billy Wohn Award - Arsalan Kazemi
Women's cross country and track & field - 2009 Eva Jean Lee Award - Lennie Waite
Women's cross country and track & field - 2009 Fred and Florence Stancliff Award - Shakera Reece
Men's cross country and track & field - 2009 Emmett Brunson Award - Tyler Whitham
Men's cross country and track & field - 2009 Fred and Florence Stancliff Award - Jason Colwick
Football - George Martin Award - Andrew Sendejo
Golf - Vic Cameron Award - Christopher Brown
Women's Soccer - Katelyn Ostendorf
Swimming - Catherine Hannah Award - Shelby Bottoms
Women's Tennis - 2009 Kay Pearson Keating Award - Rebekka Hanle
Men's Tennis - 2009 Sammy Giammalva Award - Bruno Rosa
Volleyball - Hally Beth Poindexter Award - Natalie Bogan
Freshman of the Year - Arsalan Kazemi, men's basketball
Athletic Training - Kristin Patterson
Carl Isgren Iron Owl Awards - Natalie Bogan (volleyball) Rick Hague (baseball)
Spirit Award - Roger Tower
Community Service Award - Swimming and Volleyball Teamm