3 TU student-athletes named C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year winners

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tennis' Clifford Marsland and Bill Martin and Carl Stones from track named their sports' student-athletes of the year among the 12 Conference USA schools.

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 July 19, 2012. The winners are determined by the league's Faculty Athletics Representatives.

Junior tennis All-American Clifford Marsland (Perth, Australia) and senior track and 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 Stones was the award winner for track and 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 C-USA member for the 2005-06 season, 19 Tulsa student-athletes have now garnered C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year accolades. Only Rice has accumulated more winners during that period with 31. Other schools with winners in the past seven years are: SMU and UAB with 13 each; Memphis and UTEP, 12 each; East Carolina, 11; Houston, eight; Southern Miss, seven; UCF, 6; Tulane, four; and Marshall, none.

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 past seven years.

The C-USA first team selection was also named to the conference's All-Academic team, while maintaining a 3.66 grade-point average in exercise and sports science. Marsland finished the 2011-12 campaign ranked seventh nationally in doubles and 85th for singles.

Seniors Martin and Stones were named to the C-USA All-Academic teams for both cross-country and track, while helping the Golden Hurricane men capture conference championships for cross-country and indoor track and field and a final cross-country national ranking of 21.

Martin finished in 19th place at the C-USA Cross-Country Championships and was a third-team all-Conference USA selection. Stones was named the conference Athlete of the Year for 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 and sports science, and Martin had a 3.92 GPA in biochemistry.

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Since joining C-USA, Tulsa has posted a league-best 42 conference championships.

Don Tomkalski