March 1, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Rice freshman heptathlete Scott Filip led the Rice Owls on the final day of the C-USA Indoor Championships Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex by winning the heptathlon with a final point total of 5314.
"Scott had a stupendous start to his Rice career snagging a championship and posting a great score at the same time," Rice men's T&F head coach Jon Warren said. "He, along with Ben's second place in the heptathlon, was the huge highlight of the day. Couple that with Pillow (PV) and Gross (LJ) from yesterday and we had a few folks stand out. As far as how the team did as a whole, I would say that this was a good step to our main focus which is the outdoor campaign. When Evan Karakolis, Will Firth, and Filip Drozdowski return for outdoors I think we can be a major factor."
Former Rice heptathlete Clayton Chaney won the previous two C-USA Indoor Championship heptathlon for the Owls.
Filip, a native of Bloomingdale, Ill., entered the day in first place in the event and was able to hold off teammate Ben Pressley (5000 points) by placing seventh in the 60m hurdles (8.45), fourth in the pole vault (4.35m) and ninth in the 1000m run (2:55.11). Pressley backed up Filip's 10 points with eight of his own by medaling thanks in large part to a first place finish in the 60m hurdles (8.45) on Saturday.
Sophomore Harry Sagel also gave the Owls a point on Saturday with an eighth place finish in the 800m run (1:56.96). Senior Travis Roberts just missed on earning points in the 3000m run (8:32.84), finishing ninth.
As a team the Owls placed 9th overall with 47 points.