Owls Win Four Events at Houston Tune-Up
Feb. 13, 2015
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice senior vaulter Chris Pillow improved upon his career-best vault at last week's Texas A&M Invitational with a Houston Tune-Up record-breaking mark of 18-01.25 (5.52m) to win Friday's pole vault competition.
While earning his second straight pole vault victory, Pillow moved into a tie with Virginia Tech's Chris Uhle and UCLA's Michael Woepse for the fifth-best mark (5.52m) in the nation.
Pillow was one of four victories by the Owls at the University of Houston's Yeoman Fieldhouse.
"This was a great way for us to closeout our last meet before the C-USA Championships," Rice men's track and field head coach Jon Warren said. "Pillow was terrific yet again and we'll be sending him to the Virginia Tech Challenge next weekend. It was great to see him move up to fifth in the nation. Will (Firth) was a workhorse for us today, competing in three events and excelling in each one. All in all this was the perfect transition leading up to Birmingham in a couple of weeks."
Firth had a sensational day by winning the 3000m run in a time of 8:28.74, followed up with a fourth place finish in the mile (4:18.94) in which he broke the previous meet record of 4:19.47. The senior distance runner then put a finishing touch on a long afternoon by running a leg on the men's victorious distance medley relay squad (along with Hodson Harding, Zach Watterson and Brad Dohner), which set a meet record of 10:26.61. In addition to the DMR, Dohner also finished fifth overall (4:20.13) and one spot by Firth in the mile.
Senior jumper Ben Pressley won the college portion of the long jump, setting a new indoor personal best mark of 7.28m (23-10.75).
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