June 7, 2011
Houston - Five Rice University track and field athletes have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America District VI team presented by CoSIDA. On the men's side, Philip Adam, Matt Carey, and Dan Sloat were selected, while Tiffany Gill and Allison Pye earned All-Distrct VI honors from the women's squad.
Adam graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a degree in both economics and policy studies and a minor in business. While working toward a 3.96 GPA, he became the first three-time decathlon champion in C-USA history as he claimed his third title at the 2011 C-USA Championships. From Santa Maria, Calif., Adam was the 2011 Bob Quin Award winner for the most outstanding male athlete at Rice. He is making his third NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship appearance in the decathlon June 9-10 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sloat, a junior from Sammamish, Wash., and Eastlake H.S., makes his first appearance on the Academic All-District VI team. He sports a perfect 4.0 gpa in civil engineering. At the 2011 Conference USA Outdoor championship, Sloat finished fifth in the 800m (1:52.00).
Junior Matt Carey also has a 4.0 gpa and is on the pre-med track majoring in chemistry as well as economics. The San Antonio product from Central Catholic H.S., placed ninth in the 10,000m (31:55.30) at the C-USA Outdoor championship.
This is Pye's second time to be named to the Academic All-District VI team. The Houston native, who attend Cypress Creek H.S., has a 3.99 GPA while working towards a degree in both kinesiology and policy studies at Rice. She is a four-time C-USA Academic Medal recipient and was twice named the Rice Scholar Athlete of the Year for the women's track program.
This is Gill's first appearance on the Academic All-District VI team. She is a high jumper from Kinder, La., and she has a 3.96 gpa with a double-major in cognitive sciences and psychology.