Feb. 28, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Rice junior vaulter Chris Pillow backed up his 2013 C-USA Outdoor title in the pole vault with a first place finish in Friday’s 2014 C-USA Indoor Championship, clearing a season-best 17-02.75 (5.25m) to defeat East Carolina’s Henry Johnson (5.15m).
Pillow finished second in last year’s C-USA Indoor Championship pole vault event with an even better mark (5.27m) than Friday’s.
Rice freshman Scott Filip (3113 points) leads the heptathlon entering the final day of the C-USA Indoor Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Filip won the 60m dash (6.99), shot put (39-08.50) and high jump (6-04.75). He also placed second in the shot put (39-08.50).
Junior teammate Ben Pressley (2883 points) also had a solid first day and sits in second behind Filip. Pressley won the long jump (23-10.00) and placed fourth in the 60m dash (7.27).
Filip and Pressley will be back at it tomorrow for three final events; the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1000m run.
Junior Justin Gross also medaled for the Owls by placing second in the long jump with a mark of 24-3 (7.39m), earning eight points for Rice.
The men’s distance medley team also picked up five points by placing fourth. The combination of Harry Sagel, Hodson Harding, Alex Weinheimer, William Roberts, Zach Watterson and Travis Roberts finished in a time of 10:06.97.
Rice (28 points) sits in fourth place overall after the first day of the meet, 6.5 points behind third-place East Carolina.
2. Justin Gross, 24-3.00
8. Grant George, 47-07.00
8. John Cavallo, 14:52.17