2016 C-USA Indoor Championships
Birmingham CrossPlex • Birmingham, Alabama
Final Standings: Men – 7th/10 (41 points)
By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Rice Owls men’s track and field squad wrapped up the final day of the C-USA Indoor Championships by earning 22 more points on Thursday to finish seventh overall at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
“Our guys that were here performed well,” Rice men’s track and field head coach Jon Warren said. “Obviously the best results were Vitaliy in the pole vault and the DMR yesterday. But the heptathlon went pretty well, especially for Berk. We also performed well in the 800m and Uche had a big PR to steal points in the shot put. I thought Filip ran well in a loaded 60m hurdles. Overall we performed well over the last two days. We are looking forward to outdoor as that should have events that are stronger for us.”
The trio of Berk Norman (4806 points), Chris Sanders (4776 points) and Charlie Card-Childers (4685 points) finished 5th-7th in the heptathlon, respectively, to earn a combined nine points. Norman, from San Rafael, Calif., set a personal best mark of 4.40m to win the pole vault and also placed third in the 60m hurdles (8.64).
The Owls also earned another seven points in the 800m with David Diaz (1:56.93) placing fifth and Veeral Shah (1:58.17) finishing sixth. Sophomore thrower Uche Ugwunze, a native of McKinney, Texas, also set a personal record in the shot put with a heave of 15.70m.
Also earning points was junior Filip Drozdowski, who qualified for the finals of the 60m hurdles and placed seventh on Thursday with a time of 8.26. Junior William Roberts picked up another team point in the mile with an eighth place finish (4:14.31).