NEW ORLEANS – The Rice University men’s track and field team was honored for its academic success Friday, July 28, as the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named the Owls an All-Academic Team.
In order for a team to garner the distinction, it must carry a team grade point average of 3.0-or-better. A total of 360 NCAA Division I teams were honored by the USTFCCCA, 142 of which were men’s programs.
Rice, who maintained a Conference USA-best team GPA of 3.22, was one of wo Conference USA programs to make the list, joining FIU.
In addition to the team award, four Owls were recognized as USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees. This year’s Rice honorees included Charlie Card-Childers, Griffin Lee, Erik Maher and Scott Filip.
To qualify, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following academic standards:
*For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org.
*For the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Card-Childers, from Houston, was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for the second time in his career. He placed fourth in the decathlon at the C-USA Outdoor Championships before competing in the high jump at the NCAA West Prelims. Card-Childers won the javelin at the Tom Tellez Invitational and was victorious in the decathlon at the Shirley Crowe Invite. Card-Childers, who was named to the C-USA All-Academic Team, holds a 3.71 GPA while majoring in Cognitive Sciences and Psychology.
Filip, a native of Bloomingdale, Ill., earned his third USTFCCCA All-Academic Team selection following a stellar junior campaign in which he placed fifth in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to garner First Team All-American accolades. Filip posted 7915 points, second most in Rice history, at the Texas Relays and was named the C-USA Field Athlete of the Week on April 4. In addition, Filip won the C-USA Indoor heptathlon title, the third of his illustrious career. A member of the 2017 C-USA All-Academic Team, Filip boasts a 3.57 GPA in Sport Management.
Lee, from Birmingham, Ala., received his first USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honoree after placing 35th in the 3000m steeplechase at the NCAA West Prelims. A C-USA All-Academic Team selection, Lee posted three top-three finishes in the steeplechase, including a second place finish at the Victor Lopez Classic. He graduated with a 3.63 GPA in Kinesiology and Sport Management.
Maher, a native of North Caldwell, N.J., was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for the second time in his career. Maher placed 29th in the javelin at the NCAA West Prelims and earned C-USA All-Conference honors with a third place result in the javelin at the Outdoor Championships. Maher won the javelin at the J. Fred Duckett twilight as well as the Cougar Spring Break Invitational.