Filip Wins Fourth C-USA Heptathlon Crown

Feb. 18, 2018

By Kenny Bybee (

Full C-USA Indoor Results

BIRMINGHAM, AL - Rice senior multi-event athlete Scott Filip achieved history on Sunday afternoon at the Birmingham CrossPlex, winning his fourth career C-USA Indoor Championships heptathlon title.

Filip, who entered the day in first place with 3314 points, finished with 5725 total points and notched a pair of victories on Sunday to win five of the seven total events. The morning began with a victory in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.34, before tying for second place in the pole vault with a mark of 4.30m (14-01.25). The All-American then closed out the heptathlon in style, winning the 1000m run with a finish of 2:45.73.

Filip became the only athlete in C-USA Indoor history to win four heptathlon titles, besting Ronald Veillon's (University of Houston) three titles. In addition, Filip pushed his career C-USA title count to six total, which includes two decathlon victories.

A day after earning all-conference honors and placing second in the weight throw, Rice senior thrower Uche Ugwunze won his first career C-USA title with a victory in the shot put. The McKinney, Texas native saved his best for last on Sunday, winning the event on his final attempt with a lifetime best throw of 17.11m (56-01.75) to beat out UTSA's Kelsey Benoit (16.84m). In total, Ugwunze earned 18 alone for the Owls over the course of two days.

In the distance events, sophomore Matthew Murray earned eight points for the Owls with a fourth place finish in the mile (4:11.64) and a sixth place result (first in his heat) in his first career 3000m race.

A day after winning the distance medley relay, Reagan Olguin and David Diaz returned to the track on Sunday and earned an additional six points for the Owls with a fifth (1:54.53) and seventh place (1:57.44) result in the mile, respectively.

Rice closed out the meet by placing eighth in the 4x400 with the foursome of Colton Torrance, Olguin, Diaz and Otoo finishing in 3:23.61 to pick up a point.

As a team the Owls placed fifth overall out of the 10 C-USA teams with 64.50 points.

The Owls will now await to see who qualifies for the NCAA Indoor Championships, which will be held March 9-10 at Texas A&M.





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