Four Owls Named to C-USA All-Academic Team

May 27, 2016

By: Kenny Bybee (

Complete C-USA All-Academic Teams

– The Rice Owls women’s track and field team landed a conference-leading four student-athletes on the C-USA All-Academic Team, the league office announced on Friday afternoon.

Daisy Ding (junior), Belle MacFarlane (senior), Elsa Racasan (sophomore) and Cali Roper (junior) all were recognized for both their classroom and athletic achievements.

The C-USA All-Academic team is comprised of 11 female track and field athletes with a minimum grade point average of 3.2 and at least sophomore class standing.

Ding, from Sydney, Australia, won the triple jump for the second consecutive C-USA Outdoor Championship with a season-best mark of 13.00m (42’8”). She posted a combined five victories in the triple jump between the indoor and outdoor seasons and will be competing at the NCAA West Prelims on Saturday (12:30 p.m.). Ding is a double major in Material Sciences and Nano-Engineering/Economics and boasts a 3.42 GPA. This is the first C-USA All-Academic Team honor of Ding’s career.

MacFarlane, a native of Dallas, was selected to the C-USA All-Academic Team for the third time in her career. The honor comes just one day removed from being selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 team. The senior placed second in the high jump at the C-USA Outdoor Championships and had four total victories throughout both the indoor and outdoor campaigns. At the time of nominations MacFarlane had a 3.99 GPA while double majoring in Kinesiology/Psychology but actually graduated with a 4.01 GPA.

Roper, from Conroe, Texas, swept the 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the C-USA Outdoor Championships and in the process became the first athlete in C-USA history to win the 10,000m three times in a career. Roper also swept the C-USA Indoor 3,000m and 5,000m titles and was named the C-USA Female Track Performer of the Meet at both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Roper is a Sports Management major with a 3.76 GPA. This is the second C-USA Track All-Academic Team honor of Roper’s career.

Racasan, a native of Lugrin, France, earned C-USA Outdoor All-Conference honors in the 1500m, placing second overall (4:24.48). She also posted the second-best time (4:24.48) in the 1500m this C-USA outdoor season. In addition, Racasan also earned C-USA All-Conference honors with third place finishes in both the mile and 3,000m. She will be competing in the 1500m at the NCAA West Prelims on Saturday (10:30 a.m.). Racasan has a stellar 4.09 GPA while majoring in Kinesiology. The C-USA academic honor is the first of Racasan’s career.





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