Feb. 15, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – In their final meet before the Conference USA Indoor Championships in two weeks, the Rice Owls men’s track and field team placed sixth at the Texas A&M Invitational Saturday afternoon with six, top-five finishes.
Junior Justin Gross, who placed first in the long jump in the Owls first trip to Texas A&M back on Jan. 17, had another top-three performance by placing third on Saturday with a distance of 23’8.75” (7.23m). Senior distance runner Travis Roberts had the Owls other top-three performance, placing third in the 3,000m with a season-best time of 8:29.74, just off his PR of 8:27.04 last season.
“The team’s performance today was a good last tune up prior to the conference meet,” Rice head men’s T&F coach Jon Warren said. “Justin Gross continued to have good effort and a high place finish in the long jump against some of the best teams in the country. The mid-distance and distance group put together some solid performances, especially Travis Roberts in the 3K and Alex Weinheimer in the 800m. In most areas the individuals on the indoor roster made a big step towards getting ready for the indoor championships. And then right after that, when outdoor starts, the teams will gain a huge advantage with the return of some major contributors.”
Other top-five Rice performances included a first-place finish in the distance medley (10:23.97), ran by Harry Sagel, Scott Filip, Weinheimer and William Roberts.
Junior Chris Pillow
finished fifth (16’3.25) in the pole vault, while Meron Fessahaie
(5,000m-15:05.66), and William Roberts
(Mile-4:13.27) each placed fifth as well.
Rice will now have off until Feb.28-March 1 when they compete in the C-USA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.