by Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
Saturday Results | Sunday Heats
BIRMINGHAM, AL - The Rice men's track & field team posted several highlights on the opening day of the C-USA Indoor Championships Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex, perhaps none bigger than the team's first-ever C-USA Indoor distance medley relay tile.
The foursome of David Diaz, Colton Torrance, Reagan Olguin and Matthew Murray combined to run a 9:52.95 to edge out Middle Tennessee (9:54.03) and garner 10 points for the Owls. That time was just over a second away from breaking the all-time C-USA Indoor DMR mark, held by the 2009 UTEP team (9:51.62).
In the throws, Rice collected 17 points in the weight throw alone, 14 of which came from all-conference performances from seniors Uche Ugwunze and Austin Riddle. Ugwunze set a lifetime best with a throw of 19.93m (65-04.75) on his fourth attempt to finish second while Riddle recorded a mark of 19.72m (64-08.5) to place third. Michael Yow (7th-17.83m) and Matt Garcia (8th-17.51m) also picked up points for the Owls in the weight throw.
Rice redshirt senior Scott Filip, in search of his fourth career C-USA heptathlon title, leads all competitors heading into day two after collecting 3314 points while winning three events on Saturday. A three-time All-American, Filip began the day by winning the 60m dash in a time of 6.92 to earn 911 points. The Bloomingdale, Ill. native then won the long jump with a leap of 7.38m (24-02.50) to collect an additional 905 points. Filip also won the shot put with a heave of 13.45m (44-01.50) while finishing third in the high jump (2.00m/6-06.75). Filip later competed in the main long jump competition and earned a point with a seventh place finish of 7.19m/23-07.25.
Filip's teammate Charlie Card-Childers sits in third place in the heptathlon with 2870 points and climbed the standings with a strong finish on Saturday. The Houston native placed third in the shot put (12.64m) and shared first place in the high jump (2.03m/6-08.00) to earn 831 points. Filip and Card-Childers will pick things up on Sunday morning beginning at 9 a.m. with the 60m hurdles.
Prior to performing on the winning DMR team, Olguin and Diaz each qualified for Sunday's 800m finals by placing fifth (1:55.12) and sixth (1:56.51), respectively.
The Owls also got a point from vaulter Christian Cannon, who established a season-best height of 4.59m (15-00.75) to place eighth.
As a team, Rice will enter Sunday in fourth place with 29.5 points to their credit.