By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON – Rice sophomore Austin Riddle continued his winning ways with his third individual victory in the last two weeks, taking the hammer throw with a winning mark of 61.99m (203-04.55) on the second day of the Victor Lopez Classic Friday afternoon at Wendel D. Ley Track.
Riddle won the hammer and discus at last week’s TSU Relays in the outdoor opener for his first two collegiate victories of his career.
Later in the evening senior Will Firth took top honors in the 3000m steeplechase with a winning time of 9:07.72, a new lifetime best mark for the senior from Peoria, Ariz. The victory was Firth’s second of his outdoor career in the 3000m steeplechase, having previously won in 2012 at the Texas State Invitational. Junior teammate Marco Ruiz placed second behind Firth with a time of 9:12.79, also a lifetime best mark.
In the distance events sophomore Imran Bell finished fourth overall, third collegiately, in the 5000m with a time of 14:51.36, setting an 5000m outdoor personal best. Meanwhile, freshman Brad Dohner finished fourth collegiately in the same event with a time of 14:52.22 in his first collegiate outdoor race.
The final day of the Victor Lopez Classic will get underway on Saturday at 10 a.m. beginning with the men’s shot put.