June 22, 2010
Rice's Philip Adam and John Berens have been named to the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Men's Track and Field and Cross Country first team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Adam and Berens are the fifth and sixth Owls to earn Academic All-America honors this year. Jessie Boulavsky was named to the first team in volleyball, Eric Scott was a second-team selection in soccer while her teammate Katelyn Ostendorf earned a spot on the third team, golfer Michael Buttacavolli earned third-team accolades. The Owls have earned 12 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® honors over the past two years, and four of this year's honorees (Berens, Boulavsky, Scott and Ostendof) have earned NCAA Post-Graduate scholarships, the highest total in a single year for the Owls.
Adam, who was also a first-team selection last year, became an All-American on the track two weeks earlier by finishing ninth in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. An Economics major with a minor in Business and a 3.95 G.P.A., Adam was the two-time Conference USA outdoor champion in the decathlon and has twice been honored as the C-USA Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A native of Santa Maria, California, he won the C-USA indoor decathlon in 2008 and finished as runner-up in 2009.
Berens, who was a second-team selection last year, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a 4.03 G.P.A. and double major of Biochemistry/Cell Biology and Psychology. A native of Omaha, Neb., he is a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was twice honored as Rice University's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Berens excelled at the triple jump for the Owls. He finished sixth in the triple jump at the C-USA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.