Rice Sweeps the Heptathlon Podium

Clayton Chaney.

Feb. 26, 2012

C-USA Indoor Track & Field Championship Central

C-USA Indoor Track & Field Championship Live Results

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.

"In addition to Clayton Chaney's dominant win in the heptathlon, Sam McGuffie did a great job muscling through the 1000m run to place third, after no heighting in the pole vault," said Warren.

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

11, William Firth, 4:21.19
13, Mike Troop, 4:25.54

14, John Cavallo, 8:33.45
15, James llamas, 8:35.94
17, Travis Roberts, 8:36.43

4x400m Relay
6, Collin Shurbet, Lee Johnson, Dan Sloat, Jordan Hmaidan, 3:17.73

Pole Vault
8, Chris Pillow, 4.63m/15-2.25

Triple Jump
5, J.J. Walker, 14.18m/46-6.25
12, Tyler Wiest, 12.34m/40-6

Shot Put
4, Alex Zinchenko, 17.28m/56-8.5

1, Clayton Chaney, 5,370 points
2, Chris Sanders, 4,942 points
3, Sam McGuffie, 4,615, points
8, Ben Pressley, 4,245 points
9, Jack Spinks, 4,232 points

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

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



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