by Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Rice senior Scott Filip finished as the top collegiate athlete in the heptathlon at this weekend's Charlie Thomas Invitational, racking up a C-USA best 5717 points to beat out Cincinnati's Alex Bloom (5649 points).
Filip, who finished behind only Devon Williams (5804 points, Chula Vista Elite), concluded competition on Saturday by winning the 1000m (2:43.66) and placing fourth (8.30) in the 60m hurdles and fifth (4.25m) in the pole vault). In addition to his top ranking in C-USA, Filip's point toal was good enough to earn the seventh-best mark in the NCAA this year.
The Owls also got top-three finishes from sophomore distance runner Matthew Murray and senior thrower Uche Ugwunze. Murray placed second overall in the mile by establishing a personal best time of 4:07.24 (5th in C-USA) while Ugwunze threw the shot put 16.69m (54-9.25).
Sophomore thrower Michael Yow, who set a personal best in the shot put (49-2.50), also placed fourth overall in the weight throw (18.89m/61-11.75).
In other distance events, Reagan Olguin claimed the fith-best C-USA time (1:53.81) in the 800m with an eighth place finish wile Alex Topini entered the top-10 in the 3000m with a personal best mark of 8:29.99.
The Owls will compete in one more meet next Friday at the Howie Ryan Invitational at the University of Houston before the C-USA Indoor Championships Feb. 17-18 in Birmingham, Ala.