June 19, 2009
Rice University track and field athletes distance runner Brett Olson and decathlete Philip Adam have been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® men's track & field/cross country team as a members of the first team. Junior triple jumper John Berens was selected to the second team.
From Flower Mound, Texas, Brett Olson recently graduated from Rice with a 3.93 gpa in civil engineering. This is Olson's second Academic All-America honor after earning second team accolades a year ago. He placed 18th at the Conference USA Cross Country Championship and eighth and ninth in the 3000m and 5000m respectively at the C-USA Indoor Championship. Olson placed fifth in the 3000m steeplechase during the C-USA Outdoor Championship.
This is Adam's first Academic All-America award. The junior from Santa Maria, Calif., sports a 3.94 gpa in economics. During the C-USA Outdoor Championship, Adam placed first in the decathlon with a personal-best high of 7,331 points. During the NCAA Outdoor Championship, Adam finished 14th in the nation with another all-time personal high of 7,358 points, which ranks second in school history.
Berens, from Omaha, Neb., has an impressive 4.00 gpa in biochemistry, cell biology, and psychology. During outdoor competition Berens placed seventh at the C-USA Championship in the long jump with a mark of 14.28m/46-10.25.
Olson and Berens were honored by the R Association as they received the Dr. Hubert E. Bray Scholar Athletes of the Year award. The honorees are chosen from the Scholar Athletes each year and have the highest grade point averages among the Scholar Athletes.