Jan. 13, 2012
Houston - The Rice men's track and field squad opened up the indoor track and field indoor season in fine fashion at the Leonard Hilton Invitational held Friday at the University of Houston.
Alexander Zinchenko started the indoor track and field season the right way. On his first throw, he came within eight centimeters of Tim Vala's 32-year-old indoor shot put record. He placed third with a distance of 17.44m/57-2.75.
"Alexander Zinchenko was excellent in his first indoor competition this season with a very strong mark," commented Rice head coach Jon Warren. "Collin Shurbet was fabulous in winning the 400m and Michael Trejo did a great job in placing fourth in the mile. Our multi-event athletes Clayton Chaney, Ben Timmer, and Chris Sanders each posted solid marks in a number of events. It was definitely a strong opening meet for our team and I am looking forward to our next one in two weeks."
In the 60m hurdles, Chris Sanders was eighth (8.61) and Ben Pressley was 10th (8.70). Collin Shurbet won the 400m with a time of 50.50, while Kyle Denny was sixth (51.51), and Lee Johnson was ninth (51.83).
Michael Trejo posted a fourth-place time of 4:19.88 in the mile. Pressley, in the long jump, was seventh with a mark of 6.72m/22-0.75. Nick Williams was sixth in the weight throw with a distance of 12.66m/41-6.5.
The Owls will compete at the Houston Indoor Invitational held at the University of Houston on Jan. 27-28.
8, Chris Sanders, 8.61
10, Ben Pressley, 8.70
1, Collin Shurbet, 50.50
6, Kyle Denny, 51.52
9, Lee Johnson, 51.83
9, Jordan Hmaidan, 2:01.59
4, Michael Trejo, 4:19.88
2, Rice A (Collin Shurbet, Kyle Denny, Lee Johnson, Ben Pressley) 3:25.09
7, Ben Pressley, 6.72m/22-0.75
6, Nick Williams, 12.66m/41-6.5
3, Alexander Zinchenko, 17.44m/57-2.75
12, Clayton Chaney, 11.93m/39-1.75
13, Chris Sanders, 11.79m/38-8.25