HOUSTON - The Rice Owls men's track and field team opened up their 2016 indoor season on Friday at the Houston Invitational and in day one broke a school record.
Sophomore thrower Austin Riddle took down Duncan Dickerson's previous record (17.32m set last year) in the weight throw with marks of 17.37 and 17.57, placing second overall at UH's Yeoman Field House. Riddle, from Houston, bested his previous PR of 16.10m set at last year's C-USA Indoor Championships.
Fellow sophomore Charlie Card-Childers also had a superb Friday by accumulating 2785 points, and will enter Saturday's final three events in second place amongst collegiate competition. Card-Childers made a jump from seventh to second by winning the high jump (2.04m) in the final event of the afternoon. The Houston native set a PR in the shot put (12.14m) to place third in the event. He sits just 76 points back of Houston Baptist's Garrison Fick.
Additionally, junior hurdler Filip Drozdowski qualified for Saturday's semi-finals in the 60H with a time of 8.22, a season-opening best mark. Sophomore Uche Ugwunze also stood out on Friday with a fifth place finish in the weight throw (16.24m).
The Owls will be back at it Saturday morning with competition beginning at 9 a.m.