Owls Dominate C-USA Scholar-Athlete Awards

June 12, 2007

Houston -

Five Rice student-athletes were named Tuesday by Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky as recipients of the 2006-07 Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards, as approved by the Board of Directors. C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year awards are presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport. The award is based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service. The five awards put the Owls at the top of the league, with Tulsa garnering four and SMU three.

Here's a look at the Rice honorees:

Marissa Daniels, Women's Cross Country
Junior, Pearland, Texas

Daniels was the Owls' top cross country runner, finishing as runner-up at the C-USA championships and adding a 14th-place finish at the NCAA regional meet. She helped Rice to a second-place finish at the conference championships and a sixth-place effort at regionals.

Dominique Karas, Women's Tennis
Sophomore, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

In spring 2007, Karas completed her recovery from reconstructive knee surgery in 2006 and returned as a vital part of the Owls lineup. She finished the year with 13-10 singles mark, winning her last four and helping Rice to the C-USA semifinals. Karas was also honored as a Rice Scholar-Athlete last February and has been active as a volunteer in the Houston area, mentoring immigrant Russian and Cuban children as well as giving time to Ben Taub General Hospital.

Aaron Robson, Men's Cross Country
Junior, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Robson led the Owls to a third-place finish at the C-USA championships with his seventh-place individual effort. He was 24th overall at the NCAA regional meet as Rice placed eighth in the team standings. Robson was named a Rice Scholar-Athlete for track and field earlier this spring.

Luke Stadel, Men's Track & Field
Senior, Osage City, Kansas

The C-USA champion in the shot put, Stadel qualified for the NCAA championships and finished his career with a best of 18.04 meters/59-2.25 to rank third on the Rice all-time list. He also qualified for the NCAA regionals in the discus this season and was a silver medalist at the C-USA meet. Stadel won the Bob Quin Award earlier this year as the top male student-athlete at Rice, joining his dad Ken (1974) to become the first father-son combination to win the Quin award.

Callie Wells, Women's Track & Field
Junior, The Woodlands, Texas

Wells was third in the mile at the C-USA indoor championships, and added a fourth-place finish in the 3000 to help the Owls to their first conference indoor title. She was named as the Joyce Pounds Hardy award winner as Rice's top female student-athlete earlier this year, adding to the family trophy cabinet as her father, Jeff, won the Bob Quin Award in 1976.





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