Pillow Wins Pole Vault at Texas A&M Invitational
Feb. 7, 2015
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Rice senior vaulter Chris Pillow highlighted day two at the Texas A&M Invitational by winning the pole vault with a personal best mark (indoor or outdoor) of 5.51m (18-1.00) Saturday afternoon at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
Pillow, from Mechanicsville, Virginia, topped his previous best mark of 5.50m set during the 2014 outdoor season. Saturday's height broke the Texas A&M Invitational Meet record and ranks tied for seventh in the NCAA's this season, as well as tops amongst all C-USA competitors.
In addition to Pillow, the Owls had two qualifiers in the 60m hurdles in redshirt sophomore Filip Drozdowski and redshirt junior Chris Sanders. After times of 8.16 and 8.40 in the prelims, Drozdowski and Sanders bested their times with personal best marks of 8.09 and 8.29 to finish fourth and seventh, respectively. Drozdowski's time is good enough for second in C-USA this season while Sander's is seventh.
Freshman distance runner Bradley Dohner placed fourth in the 3000m with a time of 8:33.43, ranked 10th in the league this season. Freshman Patrick McCoy also had a fourth place finish in the triple jump, going 13.95m.
The Owls will compete at both the Houston Tune-Up (University of Houston) and the New Mexico Invitational in the final meets before the C-USA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, set for Feb. 25-26.