By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Rice junior Scott Filip became the first athlete in Conference USA history to win a third C-USA Indoor Championship heptathlon title, accumulating 5680 points over the seven events.
Filip, who won the C-USA Indoor heptathlon titles in 2014 and 2015, won four total events and second in two others. The Bloomingdale, Ill. native beat his next closest competitor by 175 points and claimed the 12th-best points total in the NCAA. The victory was Filip’s fourth career C-USA title between the indoor and outdoor seasons.
On Sunday, Filip won the pole vault (4.59m) while placing second in the 60m hurdles (8.43) and seventh in the 1000m run (2:53.31). The two-time All-American had a superb Saturday by winning the 60m dash (7.01), long jump (7.36m) and high jump (2.03m) while finishing second in the shot put (13.12m).
Junior Colton Torrance also delivered a strong performance for the Owls in the heptathlon by setting a personal best with 4836 points, finishing fifth and earning four team points.
Senior Filip Drozdowski earned C-USA Indoor All-Conference honors for the second time in his career by earning six team points with a third place finish (8.20) in the 60m hurdles.
A day after breaking the school record in the weight throw, junior Uche Ugwunze placed sixth in the shot put to earn three points with a distance of 16.23m (53-03.00). Others to earn team points included Reagan Olguin (800m-1:53.10, season-best), Matthew Murray (mile-4:10.03, season-best) and William Roberts (mile-4:11.83, season-best).
As a team the Owls placed sixth overall with 51 points while Middle Tennessee took the league crown with 130 points.