Track & Field Academic All-America Teams Announced

Go C-USA! Matt Carey, Rice
Matt Carey, Rice

June 22, 2012

IRVING, Texas - Conference USA placed four student-athletes on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Men's and Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Teams. Rice had three honorees in seniors BECKY WADE, MATT CAREY and DANIEL SLOAT while senior RHIANNON JOHNS represents UAB.

Wade, a native of Dallas, graduated in May with a 4.00 GPA in sociology, history and psychology for Academic All-America Second Team honors. She also earned All-America honors in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and is a candidate for the 2011-12 NCAA's Woman of the Year honor. Wade concluded her collegiate career with C-USA gold medals in the indoor mile and outdoor 5,000 and 10,000 meter races. She will take to the track at least one more time wearing her Rice uniform when she competes in the preliminary round of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the US Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, Monday.

Carey becomes the fifth Owl to earn first-team honors for the men's program in the last four years. The San Antonio, native graduated in May with a 4.00 GPA in economics. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, joins Philip Adam (2009-11) and John Berens (2010) in being named to the first team. He has been accepted into Rice's Jesse H. Jones School of Business as well as the Baylor College of Medicine.

Sloat, from Sammamish, Wash., earns Academic All-America Second Team merits after appearing on the 2011 third team. He sports a 4.00 GPA in civil and environmental engineering and has appeared on seven President's Honor Rolls, four C-USA Commissioner's Honor Rolls and the Commissioner's Academic Medal list. On the track, he placed fourth in the 800m during the conference indoor meet and finished 10th in the prelims of the same event during the outdoor championships.

Johns, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, picks up her second consecutive Academic All-America Second Team accolade after earning a 4.00 GPA in mathematics. The distance runner is a three-time C-USA Academic Medal recipient and C-USA Honor Roll selection as well as a 2010 USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree. During the 2011 cross country season, she placed ninth out of 92 runners at the C-USA Championships and finished 27th of 191 at NCAA South Regional. Johns also was an All-American honorable mention on the track as she advanced to the finals of the 5,000m at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Prior to nationals, she defended her 10,000m title at the conference championships.



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About the Academic All-America® Program
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit

 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team
First Team
Matt Carey Rice Sr. San Antonio, Texas 4.00 Economics

Second Team
Daniel Sloat Rice Sr. Sammamish, Wash. 4.00 Civil & Environmental Engineering

2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team
Second Team
Rhiannon Johns UAB Sr. Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 4.00 Mathematics Rebecca Wade Rice Sr. Dallas, Texas 4.00 Sociology, History, Psychology

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