2004 All-WAC Cross Country (second team)
Rice - 2004: Scored for the Owls at the WAC outdoor championships with his fourth-place finish in the steeplechase, finishing with a season best time of 9:13.31. Did not compete during the indoor season... Earned second-team all-WAC honors in October, helping the Owls to the 2004 WAC cross country title with his 10th-place finish and completing the 8k course in 25:52.15... Finished in the top 10 three times. 2003: Ran the steeplechase during the outdoor season... Finished first at the TSU Relays and Rice Bayou Classic... Scored points for the Owls at the WAC championship with a seventh-place finish... During the indoor season, posted a mile best-time of 4:23.82 at the WAC championships... Top 3,000-meter time was 8:36.28 at the Meyo Invitational. 2002: During the cross country season, placed 14th at the Rice Opener... Was ninth at the Cougar Classic Invitational, finishing the 8k course in 26:29... Was the third Owl to cross the finish line at the WAC championships.
High School - A 2002 graduate of Sunset High School in Portland, Ore. ... Earned four cross country letters and four letters under head coach Ken Bell... Member of the class 4A cross country squad that finished third at the state meet... Placed fourth in the state in the 3,000 meters and seventh in the 1,500... Named first-team all-Metro league in the 1,500 meters as a senior, and earned second-team all-Metro league as a member of the 4x400 meter relay... Cross country team captain in 2001 and 2002, and team's most valuable runner... Named the most valuable junior/senior twice and was the squad's most valuable freshman/sophomore twice... Earned the Apollo's cross country rookie of the year as a freshman... Earned the Jerry Pflug award for athletic leadership, achievement and commitment... Seven-time scholar athlete... Was on the honor roll eight semesters... National Honor Society Member... Also recruited by Washington, Oregon, Cornell, Princeton, Columbia and Texas A&M.
Personal - Full name is David Alan Axel... Born Oct. 24, 1983 in Temple... Son of Jeff and Sandy Axel of Portland... Has two brothers and one sister...Major is undeclared... Brown College.