June 2, 2009
Seven members of the Rice Owls men's track and field have been selected to the Conference USA All-Academic team. Named to the team were Brett Olson, Philip Adam, John Berens, Connor Hayes, William Meyers, Brad Morris, and Aaron Robson.
Rice senior Brett Olson was named to the All-Academic team for the third-consecutive year as a civil engineering major. The Flower Mound, Texas, native owns a 3.93 GPA and was also named to the C-USA Cross Country All-Academic team for three-straight years. Olson placed in the top-10 in both the 3000m run and the 5000m at the C-USA Indoor Championships while also taking fifth in the 3000m steeplechase at the outdoor championships.
Teammate Phillip Adam is also a repeat selection. The junior decathlete was a 2008 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-District VI, first team honoree and was named the 2009 Rice University Scholar Athlete for Men's Track and Field. The 2009 C-USA Outdoor decathlon champion currently holds a 3.94 GPA as an economics major.
Five additional Owls were named to the All-Academic men's team in John Berens, Connor Hayes, William Meyers, Brad Morris and Aaron Robson. Berens owns a perfect 4.00 GPA in biochemistry and cell biology for the Owls and was named the 2009 Hubert E. Bray Scholar Athlete of the Year as a junior. The Omaha, Neb., native is second on the Rice squad in the triple jump and placed seventh at both the outdoor and indoor championship meets.
Sophomores Hayes and Meyers are two-time selections to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. Hayes, who earned sixth-place finishes in the 110m and 400m hurdles at the 2009 C-USA Outdoor Championships, holds a 3.57 GPA as a philosophy major. Meyers is the Owls' top shot putter, placing fifth at the C-USA Indoors and sixth at the outdoor championship this spring. A native of Sugar Land, Texas, he holds a 3.95 GPA with a mathematical economic analysis major and business minor.
Morris is making his first appearance on the C-USA All-Academic Track & Field Team, but was chosen to the 2008 Cross Country All-Academic Team. Rice's Cross Country Scholar Athlete for 2008 and 2009, Morris is a four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll. The junior chemistry major holds a 3.62 GPA.
Robson, a senior distance runner and civil engineering major, rounds out the Owls' representation. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Robson finished third in 5,000m at the C-USA Indoor Championship and seventh in the same event at the outdoor championship.
Team members hold at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and served as a key component to their program's success.