March 1, 2008
The Rice men's track and field squad found points in every event, and combined them with a pair of individual champions to post their best finish in their three years of competition at the Conference USA indoor championships.
"This was our best finish since we joined C-USA," Owls head coach Jon Warren said. "What is most exciting is that we scored in every event, and I don't know that we have ever done that in my time here at Rice."
Sophomore Phillip Adam avoided near-disaster in the late stages of the heptathlon competition, clearing 4.45meters (14-07.25) on his final attempt in the seventh of eight events, and went on to win the conference title with score of 5317 points. Teammates Connor Hayes (6th) and Joe Agnew (8th) also scored in the event for the Owls.
Freshman Shea Kearney captured the Owls other individual title, when he cleared 5.16m 16-11.00 on his final attempt.
Another freshman, Clay Baker, added to a stellar debut by finishing fourth in the shot put with a throw of 16.42m (53-10.50).
"Clay had a great two days, and the best news is that his best event is the discus," Warren noted.
The Owls also piled up points in the 200 and 800 meters.
Senior Bubba Heard won a silver medal in the 200, with a personal record clocking of 21.64, and he was followed by Gary Anderson (4th, 22.05) and Jon Turner (8th, 22.34). In the longer distance, the Owls scored nine points, as Jacob Owolabi (1:57.31), Colby Keithan (1:57.46) and Scott Zivick (1:58.35) finished 5-6-7.
"The 800 was better than I had expected, and there is no way that I could have predicted the way we ran in the 200," Warren said. "We also came up with points in the hurdles, thanks to Tyler Whitham (who won a bronze in 8.31), that were not in our projections."
Warren said the Owls efforts inside the Yoeman Fieldhouse the past two days could have a impact as the team moves outside for the outdoor campaign.
"The point spread might seem quite large, but we had some things happen that we can work on and correct. We pick up events like steeplechase and discus and those should be big events for us outdoors.
"We're a much better outdoor team, and coming out of here with a trophy is a great way to get that season started," he added.
2008 C-USA MEN's TRACK & FIELD FINAL STANDINGS
1. Houston 152
2. Rice 116.5
3. Memphis 104
4. UTEP 100
5. Tulsa 88.5
6. East Carolina 62
7. Southern Miss 38
Men 60 Meter Dash Finals
4, Jon Turner, Rice, 6.85
6, Bubba Heard, Rice, 6.92.
Men 200 Meter Dash Finals
2, Bubba Heard, Rice, 21.64.
4, Gary Anderson, Rice, 22.08.
8, Jon Turner, Rice, 22.34.
Men 400 Meter Dash Finals
8, Ryan Gard, Rice, 50.57.
Men 800 Meter Run Finals
5, Jacob Owolabi, Rice, 1:57.31.
6, Colby Keithan, Rice, 1:57.46.
7, Scott Zivick, Rice, 1:58.35.
Men 1 Mile Run
6, Scott Zivick, Rice, 4:18.55
8, Simon Bucknell, Rice, 4:20.82.
Men 3000 Meter Run
8, Brett Olson, Rice, 8:47.37.
Men 5000 Meter Run
7, Brett Olson, Rice, 15:07.36.
8, Justin Maxwell, Rice, 15:14.89.
Men 60 Meter Hurdles Finals
3, Tyler Whitham, Rice, 8.31.
7, Gary Anderson, Rice, 8.43.
Men High Jump
2, Omar Wright, Rice, 2.04m, (6-08.25).
Men Pole Vault
1, Shea Kearney, Rice, 5.16m, (16-11).
6, Chris Kato, Rice, 4.41m, (14-05.50).
6, Garrett Stafford, Rice, 4.41m, (14-05.50).
8, Phillip Adam, Rice, 4.26m, (13-11.75).
Men Long Jump
7, Devon Fanfair, Rice, 6.64m, (21-09.50).
Men Triple Jump
2, Ugo Nduaguba, Rice, 15.05m, (49-04.50).
5, Devon Fanfair, Rice, 14.66m, (48-01.25).
Men Shot Put
4, Clay Baker, Rice, 16.42m, (53-10.50).
Men Weight Throw
7, Clay Baker, Rice, 16.93m, (55-06.50).
1, Phillip Adam, Rice, 5317.
6, Connor Hayes, Rice, 4426.
8, Joe Agnew, Rice, 4139.