Owls Post Solid Results at Indoor Opener
Jan. 16, 2015
HOUSTON, Texas - The Rice Owls men's track and field squad sent a handful of athletes to the 2015 Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational on Friday for the indoor season-opening meet at University of Houston's Yeoman Fieldhouse.
Senior all-conference runner Will Firth started the season with a second place finish in the 800m, finishing second to Houston's Brian Barraza (4:09.03) with a time of 4:18.31.
Although he competed unattached, freshman Charlie Card-Childers won the high jump in his first collegiate competition. The Houston, Texas native won with a jump of 2.08m (6-09.75), holding off fellow sophomore teammate Scott Filip, who placed fourth with a mark of 1.95m (6-04.75).
The Owls decathlete trio of Ben Pressley (9th-8:54), Berk Norman (11th-8.68) and Filip (12th-8.72) all competed in and advanced to the semis of the 60m hurdles.
"We ran a very small squad today," Rice men's track and field head coach Jon Warren said. "The rest will start their seasons in the next couple of weeks. Of the few athletes that competed we had a really good first meet. All three of our decathletes qualified for the semis finals in the 60 hurdles. Scott also had a good high jump, finishing second. Charlie jumped 6-9 and had a really good attempt at 7 feet to win his first collegiate meet going unattached."
Freshmen throwers Uche Ugwunze and Austin Riddle began their respective Rice careers with a good showing in the weight throw. Ugwunze, from McKinney, Texas, placed eighth with a heave of 16.07m (52-08.75) while Riddle (from Houston) finished 10th with a throw of 15.26m (50-00.75).
"We had stellar starts from our freshmen in the weight throw," Warren said. "Uche may have set the freshman record and Austin posted a great throw. It was very impressive for their first college meet. Overall this was a small, but good start to the season."
The Owls will now have a couple weeks off from competition before returning to Yeoman Fieldhouse to compete at the Howie Ryan Invitational, Jan. 30-31.
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