THREE TULSA STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED C-USA SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR WINNERS
July 19, 2012
IRVING, Texas - The University of Tulsa had three student-athletes named Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year Award winners for their respective sports, C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced today. The winners are determined by the league's Facaulty Athletics Representatives.
Junior tennis All-American Clifford Marsland (Perth, Australia) and senior track & cross country student-athletes, Bill Martin (Overland Park, Kan.) and Carl Stones (Round Rock, Texas), earned scholar athlete honors this year. Martin was named the winner for cross-country, while All-American Carl Stones was the award winner for track & field.
Tulsa shared the honor with Memphis, Rice and UAB for the most Scholar Athlete of the Year Award winners this year. Since becoming a member of Conference USA for the 2005-06 season, 19 Tulsa student-athletes have now garnered C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year accolades.
Marsland registered an overall 27-12 singles mark and 29-9 doubles record with teammate Ashley Watling to earn All-America honors for doubles. Marsland helped the Tulsa men's tennis team advance to the NCAA Round of 16 and the school's sixth C-USA Championship in the last seven years.
The Conference USA first team selection was also named to the C-USA All-Academic team, while maintaining a 3.66 GPA in exercise & sports science. Marsland finished the 2011-12 campaign ranked seventh nationally in doubles and 85th for singles.
Martin and Stones each ran cross-country and track for the Golden Hurricane. The two seniors were named to the C-USA All-Academic teams for both cross-country and track, while helping the Tulsa men capture Conference USA Championships for cross-country and indoor track & field and a final cross-country national ranking of 21.
Martin finished in 19th place at the Conference USA Cross-Country Championships and was a third-team all-Conference USA selection. Stones was named the C-USA Athlete of the Year for both indoor and outdoor track as well as earning first-team All-America honors for the 3,000-meter steeplechase during the outdoor season.
Stones maintained a 3.74 GPA in exercise & sports sciences and Martin had a 3.92 GPA in biochemistry.
C-USA SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD WINNERS Baseball Keith DePew, UAB Men's Basketball *Connor Frizzelle, Rice Women's Basketball Roxana Button, Houston TaRonda Randall, UAB Men's Cross Country Bill Martin, Tulsa Women's Cross Country Rhiannon Johns, UAB Football Case Keenum, Houston Matthew Milner, East Carolina Men's Golf Jack Belote, Memphis Women's Golf Marissa Stein, Memphis Women's Rowing *Chelsey Lauzon, UCF Men's Soccer Adam Still, SMU Women's Soccer Kimberly "Kimmy" Cummings, East Carolina Softball Natalie Land, UCF Women's Swimming & Diving Denise Smolenova, SMU Men's Tennis Sam Garforth-Bles, Rice Clifford Marsland, Tulsa Women's Tennis Courtney Collins, Memphis Men's Track and Field Carl Stones, Tulsa Women's Track and Field Rebecca "Becky" Wade, Rice Volleyball Kelsey Seymour, Southern Miss