Men's T&F Wins Four Individual C-USA Titles
Feb. 27, 2015
BIRMINGHAM, AL - The Rice Owls men's track and field team racked up 99.5 points to finish fourth at Thursday's C-USA Indoor Championships at the CrossPlex facility, the highest finish by the Owls since the 2010 season.
Perhaps the highlight of the day came from sophomore Scott Filip, who in just one day of work totaled 5785 points to win his second consecutive C-USA Indoor title and move into fifth place on the current NCAA performance list. The 5785 points was also a C-USA Indoor Championships record as well as a new Rice record. Filip, from Bloomingdale, Illinois, won four of the seven heptathlon events and finished in the top three in six of seven.
Filip won the 60m dash (6.89), shot put (13.93m), high jump (2.02m) and pole vault (4.90m). Junior teammate Chris Sanders also earned six points in the event with a third place finish.
"Overall this was an excellent meet for us," Rice head coach Jon Warren said. "Scott Filip was unbelievable, to have the kind of day he had in just one day of competition is absolutely amazing."
Rice senior All-American vaulter Chris Pillow won his second straight C-USA Indoor title with a vault of 5.37m (17-07.25). The victory was Pillow's fourth of the indoor season and the fourth overall C-USA title for the Mechanicsville, Virginia native. Sophomore Vitaliy Bilenko picked up an additional eight points in the event by placing second with a mark of 4.90m.
Senior jumper Ben Pressley won his first career C-USA title with a career-best leap of 7.70m (25-3.25), the 13th-best mark in the NCAA this season and tied for the best jump in C-USA Indoor Championships history.
The fourth and final Owls victory came from freshman David Diaz, surprising everyone with his first career win in a very tightly contested 800m run. The Brentwood, Tennessee native ran a 1:54.04, beating Middle Tennessee's Hillary Rono in a photo finish.
Sophomore Filip Drozdowski and graduate Duncan Dickerson finished second overall in the 60m hurdles (8.10) and weight throw (17.27m), respectively, to earn an additional 16 points for the Owls.
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