Jan. 28, 2012
Houston - Three Rice men's track and field athletes posted second place finishes at the Houston Indoor Invitational Saturday afternoon at Billy Yeoman Fieldhouse.
Freshman Will Firth was second in the mile (4:17.95), John Cavallo was second in the 3000m (4:17.95), and Clayton Chaney was the first collegian and second overall in the heptathlon with 5,293 points, a personal-best high.
"I thought that we had an excellent meet today with a lot of high places, a few collegiate victories, and marks that will rank well in Conference USA," commented Owl head coach Jon Warren. "The distance and middle distance crews each did well, especially when you consider that for most of them it was their first meet."
"The heptathlon went really well with Clayton Chaney beating all of the collegiate athletes," stated Warren. "He and Ben Pressley both set personal bests. Collin Shurbet in the 400m, Alex Zinchenko in the shot put, and Sam McGuffie in the long jump all posted excellent efforts. McGuffie, who will be competing as an heptathlete, also shined in the 60m hurdles and did okay in the shot put, two events he competed in for the first time ever."
In the mile, senior Michael Trejo was right behind Firth in the third with a time of 4:18.00. Collin Shurbet was eighth in the 400m (49.95) with a season-fast time. Chris Pillow finished sixth in the pole vault (4.71m/15-5.5) and Tyler Wiest placed fourth and was the number two collegian in the high jump with a mark of 1.95m/6-4.75.
McGuffie posted a sixth-place mark of 6.98m/22-11 in the long jump. Pressley was fourth in the heptathlon with 4,825 points.
The Owls are next in action Feb. 3-4 when they compete at Nebraska's Frank Sevigne Classic.
2, Will Firth, 4:17.95
3, Michael Trejo, 4:18.00
6, Chris Pillow, 4.71m/15-5.5
4, Tyler Wiest, 1.95m/6-4.75 (second collegian)
6, Sam McGuffie, 6.98m/22-11
14, JJ Walker, 6.33m/20-9.25
7, JJ Walker, 13.96m/45-9.75
21, Nick Williams, 11.57m/37-11.5