Feb. 26, 2012
Birmingham, Ala. - Rice swept the podium for the heptathlon event to highlight the Owls performance at the 2012 Conference USA Indoor Championship held Sunday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Placing first for the Owls was Clayton Chaney with a career-best 5,370 points. Freshman Chris Sanders was second with 4,942 points, and football running back turned track and field star Sam McGuffie scored 4,615, points to place third.
Chaney placed second a year ago in the heptathlon with 4,554 points. Sanders surpassed his previous best of 4,900 points scored at Nebraska's Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.
"The day started out on a very positive note with a sweep of the heptathlon, and that was awesome," said Rice head coach Jon Warren. "We snagged a medal in the distance medley relay and we had a bunch of fourth places that accompanied a few personal or season bests.
Placing fourth on the day were Dan Sloat in the 800m (1:52.17) and Alex Zinchenko in the shot put (17.28m/56-8.5). Freshman J.J. Walker, also a member of the Owls' football squad, landed in fifth place in the triple jump with a career-best 14.18m/46-6.25.
Collin Shurbet ran seventh in the 400m with a time of 48.93. In the pole vault, freshman Chris Pillow did an admirable job with an eighth place mark of 4.63m/15-2.25 in his first C-USA Championship.
Tulsa captured the team title with 139 points, just edging Houston's 138 points. Rice tallied 62 points on the weekend.
The outdoor season is just around corner for the Owls. The outdoor campaign begins as Rice hosts the Shirley Crowe Multi-Events held at Holloway Field/Ley Track on March 14-15. The TSU Relays follow on March 16-17 and Rice then hosts the prestigious Victor Lopez Classic on March 23-24.
7, Collin Shurbet, 48.93
4, Dan Sloat, 1:52.17
8, Chris Pillow, 4.63m/15-2.25
4, Alex Zinchenko, 17.28m/56-8.5
MEN'S TEAM FINAL
1. Tulsa, 139
2. Houston, 138
3. East Carolina, 90.5
4. Memphis, 86.5
5. UTEP, 80.5
6. Southern Miss, 62.50
7. Rice, 62
2012 MEN'S INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
High Point Scorer of the Meet- Isaiah Sweeney, Houston
Performance of the Meet - Errol Nolan, Houston
Freshman of the Meet - John Horton, Houston
Coach of the Year- Steve Gulley, Tulsa