July 26, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Rice women's track & field was selected as a 2012 Division I Scholar Team of Year, the national coaches association announced on Thursday (July 26).
The annual academic award for collegiate track & field programs is sponsored by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA). To qualify, Division I teams must have posted a 3.00 cumulative grade point average for the fall and spring semesters.
Under the direction of head women's track coach Jim Bevan, no less than 47 Owls on the 2011-2012 roster combined to maintain a 3.38 grade point average. Rice's 3.38 GPA was the 34th-highest mark in the nation and the second-best of schools from the state of Texas. Earlier in the week the USTFCCCA announced that Rice's Cleona Oliver, Allison Pye and Becky Wade were all individual honoree's on the organization's All-Academic Track & Field team. In 2012 the Owls finished fifth in both the Conference USA Indoor and Outdoor championship meets.
"The team works equally hard in the classroom and on the field," coach Bevan said. "We have a great group of student-athletes, and at Rice you are challenged to work hard in both areas. We have performed exceedingly well when judged against our peers. I am proud of these young ladies."
The full list of 2012 Division I Scholar Teams of the Year is located on the USTFCCCA web site.