June 10, 2011
Des Moines, Iowa - Rice University track and field student-athlete Philip Adam received the NCAA's Elite 88 Award while competing at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Des Moines, Iowa. The Elite 88 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships.
Adam, a recent May 2011 Rice graduate, concluded his undergraduate career at the South Main school, with an overall grade point average of 3.96 with majors in economics as well as policy studies. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.
While working toward a 3.96 gpa, he became the first three-time decathlon champion in Conference USA history as he claimed his third title at the 2011 C-USA Championships. From Santa Maria, Calif., Adam received Rice's 2011 Bob Quin Award as the most outstanding senior male athlete. He just concluded competition at his third decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship with 7,253 points (21st).
The Elite 88, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.