June 21, 2011
Houston - Rice University track and field student-athlete Philip Adam has been named to his third consecutive Capital One Academic All-America® Men's Track & Field/Cross Country First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Adam is just the second Rice product to earn three consecutive first-team honors. Track and field athlete Adam Davis was a three-time, first-team Academic All-America from 2003 to 2005.
Adam was joined on the 2011 squad by a pair of juniors on the Rice track team. Distance runner Matt Carey was named to the second team and middle distance runner Dan Sloat was named to the third team.
The first three-time Conference USA decathlon champion, Adam graduated with a 3.96 G.P.A. in economics, policy studies, and a business minor. The Santa Maria, Calif., native claimed the 2011 C-USA decathlon title for Rice with an all-time best of 7,514 points. Adam placed 21st in the decathlon at the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Track & Field championship. The 2011 NCAA Division I Elite 88 Award winner, he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Carey has a 4.0 gpa and is on the pre-med track majoring in chemistry as well as economics. The San Antonio product from Central Catholic H.S., placed ninth in the 10,000m (31:55.30) at the Conference USA Outdoor championship.
Sloat, from Sammamish, Wash., and Eastlake H.S., earns his first appearance on the Academic All-America team. He also sports a perfect 4.0 gpa in civil engineering. At the 2011 Conference USA Outdoor championship, Sloat finished fifth in the 800m (1:52.00).
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America® program, please visit www.cosida.com.