Howie Ryan Invitational Results (PDF)
HOUSTON – Rice redshirt junior Austin Riddle picked up his first victory of the indoor season at Friday’s Howie Ryan Invitational (Yeoman Fieldhouse), highlighting the Owls’ final performance before next weekend’s Conference USA Indoor Championships.
The Owls were among eight teams competing on Friday, which also included host Houston, Lamar, Texas Southern, Texas State, Texas Wesleyan, Jackson State, Sam Houston State and UTSA.
“This was a real solid day for the Owls,” Rice men’s track & field head coach Jon Warren said. “Up and down our roster we had some strong performances, and it was very encouraging as we gear up for conference next weekend.”
Riddle, from Houston (Memorial HS), recorded his first collegiate weight throw victory with a winning mark of 19.17m (62-10.75) to place in the top three for the third time this indoor season. Junior teammate Uche Ugwunze also had a big day for the Owls by placing second in the weight throw (18.95m/62-02.25) and later set a new personal best in the shot put with a throw of 16.38m (53-09.00) to finish third overall and earn the sixth-best mark in C-USA.
Freshman Michael Yow continued a strong freshman campaign with a fourth place finish in the weight throw (17.75m/58-03.00) and also placed seventh in the shot put (14.16m/46-05.00).
Rice All-American Scott Filip cleared 4.90m (16-00.75) in the pole vault, placing third overall and first among collegiate athletes. Filip, who missed all of last season, jumped to the third-best mark in the pole vault in C-USA.
Senior Filip Drozdowski (Torun, Poland) took the top honors among collegiate competitors in the 60m hurdles, matching a personal best time of 8.09 in the finals and in the process claimed the third-best mark in C-USA.
The Owls claimed the top three collegiate spots in the 3000m, led by senior Marco Ruiz’s finish of 8:45.05. Redshirt freshman Connor Meaux set a personal best time of 8:50.07 to place second, followed by redshirt sophomore Matt Calem (8:52.47).
Redshirt senior William Roberts won the indoor mile for the second time in his career with a season-best time of 4:18.02 while freshman Matthew Murray (Pearland, Texas) finished right behind Roberts in second (4:18.85). Sophomore Reagan Olguin gave the Owls another top finish among college runners with a finish of 1:56.29.
The Owls will now gear up for the C-USA Indoor Championships, which will take place Feb. 18-19 in Birmingham, Ala.