By: Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
AUSTIN, Texas - Rice junior Scott Filip highlighted a field of four Rice athletes at Friday's Texas Relays by setting a new personal best of 7915 points in the decathlon to finish second overall.
Filip surpassed his previous best of 7876 points set at last year's Thorpe Cup by 39 points, finishing second only to Texas A&M's Lindon Victor (8472 points), who set a new NCAA decathlon record on Friday. Filip's point total is second in Rice history behind former All-American Ryan Harlan (8171 points).
The Bloomingdale, Illinois native backed up a splendid Wednesday by placing fifth in the javelin (54.13m-PB) on Thursday and sixth in each of the 110m hurdles (14.94-PB), discus (39.63m-PB), pole vault (4.70m) and 1500m (4:40-PB).
In the hammer throw, junior Austin Riddle re-broke his own school record (set earlier this month) with a distance of 67.69m (222-1.00), placing seventh overall. Riddle grabbed the top ranking in Conference USA and moved into top 10 in the nation. In the same event, Uche Ugwunze placed 20th overall with a distance of 57.81m (189-8.00).
Rice junior thrower Erik Maher also had a splendid Thursday, finishing fourth overall in the javelin (section B), establishing a season-best mark of 61.28m (201-0.00). The North Caldwell, New Jersey native recorded five straight throws over 60 meters to close out competition.
The Owls are scheduled to have four more competitors at Friday's Texas Relays: Filip Drozdowski (110m hurdles-9:35 a.m.), Riddle (discus-9 a.m.), Ugwunze (shot put-10 a.m.) and Charlie Card-Childers (high jump (B)-1 p.m.). Rice will also have a handful of competitors at the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos.