Adam and Berens Selected Academic All America

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).

A member of the 2008-09 team as well, Adam is the first C-USA track athlete to be named to two Academic All-America first teams.

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 hetathlon in 2008 and finished as runner-up in 2010.

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.





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