Feb. 26, 2011
Houston - The Rice men's track and field squad placed sixth at the 2011 Conference USA Indoor Championship held at the University of Houston's Yeoman Fieldhouse. The Owls concluded the two-day event with 76.5 points. Houston captured the team title with 172 points, while Tulsa was second with 107 points.
The Owls, led by Clayton Chaney, tallied 16 points in the heptathlon. Chaney was second with 5,103 points, Hayes was fourth (4,802), Justin Gross seventh (4,575), and Ben Pressley was eighth (4,436). Hayes, Gross, and Pressley all posted season-best point totals.
"I am really proud of our team," commented Owl head coach Jon Warren. "Practically our entire team performed with season-best marks and times of the indoor season. Clayton (Chaney) had a great meet with a solid performance in the heptathlon, plus he ran his guts out to place fifth in the 60m hurdles. I am really excited to see him in the upcoming outdoor season. Dan Sloat was ranked fourth coming into the 800m and he performed admirably to place third."
In the 200m, Donte Moore placed fourth to score five points with a time of 22.72. Dan Sloat placed third in 800m final (1:54.75) at C-USA Indoor. Michael Trejo was fifth in the 3000m with a time of 8:20.61.
In the 60m hurdles, Chaney placed fifth with a season-best time of 8.22. Ugo Nduaguba placed fifth with a mark of 15.05m/49-4.5 to tally four points.
Saturday's Rice Results
4th, Donte Moore, 22.27, 5 points
3rd, Dan Sloat, 1:54.75, 6 points
5th, Clayton Chaney, 8.22, 4 points
5th, Tyler Wiest, 2.05m/6-08.75, season-best, 4 points
6th, Ikechi Nnamani, 2.00m/6-06.75, season-best, 3 points
5th, Ugo Nduaguba, 15.05m/49-4.5, 4 points
7th, Alex Zinchenko, 16.18m/53-1, 2 points
9th, Will Meyers, 14.83m/48-8
2nd, Clayton Chaney, 4554, 8 points
4th, Connor Hayes, 4,802, season-best, 5 points
7th, Justin Gross, 4,575, season-best, 2 points
8th, Ben Pressley, 4,436, season-best, 1 point
9th, Pete Navarra, 4,033, season-best
Final Men's Team Scores
1 Houston, 172
2 Tulsa, 107
3 Memphis, 89.50
4 East Carolina, 86
5 UTEP, 82
6 Rice, 76.50
7 Southern Miss, 44
2011 Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championship Awards
Women's Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year - Caryl Smith Gilbert, UCF
Men's Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year - Leroy Burrell, Houston
Women's High Point Scorer of the Meet - Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP
Men's High Point Scorer of the Meet - Justice Chirchir, UTEP
Women's Performance of the Meet - Ganna Demydova, Southern Miss
Men's Performance of the Meet - Wesley Bray, Houston
Women's Freshman of the Meet - Lovisa Lindh, SMU
Men's Freshman of the Meet - Dennis Hodapp, Tulsa