July 8, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Rice University distance runner senior Marissa Daniels recently received an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship worth $7,500.
The NCAA awarded 58 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 29 male student-athletes and 29 female student-athletes who participated in spring sports, which included men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, men's and women's outdoor track and field, women's lacrosse, women's rowing, baseball, and softball.
Daniels previously received a Conference USA Post-Graduate Scholarship Award worth $4,000.
To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent, and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.
Daniels was also selected to the prestigious 2008 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team for women's track and field and cross country. In 2007, Daniels was named to the Academic All-America Second Team.
From Pearland, Texas, Daniels holds a 3.86 grade point average (GPA) in kinesiology (sports medicine). She will be attending UT-Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.
Academically, She also was a 2007 and 2008 C-USA Academic Medal recipient; Rice University President's Honor Roll member for fall 2005, spring 2006, fall 2006, fall 2007, and spring 2008. A member of 2005 and 2006 Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association Academic All-America team; 2006 and 2007 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team; 2007 and 2008 C-USA All-Academic Team; 2007 C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year - women's cross country; three-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll; 2007 and 2008 Rice University Scholar Athlete for Women's Track & Field; and the 2008 "R" Association Postgraduate Scholarship
During the 2008 track season, Daniels held C-USA's top time in the 10,000m with NCAA provisional time of 34:07.60 (Mt. SAC, 4/18). She won the 10,000m title at the C-USA Outdoor Championship with a time of 36:22.93 and She finished second in the 5000m. Daniels also placed fourth at the C-USA Indoor Championship in the 3000m and placed seventh in the 5000m. At the C-USA Cross Country Championship, Daniels finished third with a time of 17:50.3.
Daniels' efforts helped the Rice Owls win Conference USA team titles in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field this past athletic year (2007-08).