Filip, Pillow Highlight Final Day at Howie Ryan Invite
Jan. 31, 2015
HOUSTON, Texas - The Rice Owls men's track and field team closed out the final day of the Howie Ryan Invite with three top-five finishes, including a victory in the heptathlon from sophomore Scott Filip.
Filip, from Bloomingdale, Illinois, entered Saturday as the leader in the event and closed strong to win his third career indoor heptathlon with 5478 points, the seventh-highest total in the NCAA this season and the second-best mark in Rice history.
Filip began the morning placing third (8.57) in the 60m hurdles, then followed with a second place finish in the pole vault with a height of 4.40m (14-05.25). The sophomore closed the afternoon by placing fifth in the 1000m run. Filip topped former Owl great Clayton Chaney, who competed unattached and recorded 5299 points.
The Owls also got a big performance from reigning senior All-American Chris Pillow, placing second overall (first collegiately) in the pole vault with a height of 5.35m (17-06.50). Pillow's mark was good enough for 11th-best in the nation. Pillow finished behind only ex-Owl Jason Colwick, who won the event with a vault of 5.45m (17-10.50). Sophomore Vitaliy Bilenko also placed seventh in the pole vault, a new indoor best mark for the Winnipeg, Manitoba native.
"Our team picked up where we left off yesterday with Scott's (Filip) good start in the heptathlon and Duncan Dickerson's new school record in the weight throw," Rice men's track & field head coach Jon Warren said. "Scott was able to hold on to the lead and was the meet champion and then Chris (Pillow) had a standout performance to win the college portion of the pole vault. The rest of the team had a lot of good season starts and season bests that will lead into next week's meet at Texas A&M."
Also performing well in the field events Saturday was freshman Charlie Card-Childers placing fourth collegiately in the high jump with a height of 2.00m (6-06.75).
The Owls will next travel to College Station next weekend to partake in the Aggie Invitational, Feb. 6-7 at the Gilliam Indoor Track.