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HOUSTON, Texas -- The Rice Owls men's track and field squad closed out the Victor Lopez Bayou Classic on Saturday by winning three individual field events and placing nine athletes in the top five.
Junior thrower Evan Karakolis won the javelin for the second time this outdoor season, and for the fourth time in his career, with a monster throw of 72.02m (236-03.00) on his second attempt. The winning throw was Karakolis' second-best of his career and was nearly nine meters better than the next closest competitor.
Joining Karakolis in the winner's circle was senior vaulter Chris Pillow, who won his first outdoor pole vault competition of the outdoor season with a winning height of 5.32m (17-05.50). Pillow took down Sam Houston State's Garrett Larson by clearing 5.32m on his second attempt, securing his 10th outdoor victory of his illustrious career.
The other individual victory came from senior Ben Pressley, taking gold in the long jump with a distance of 7.10m (23-03.50) on his second attempt.
Other top three finishes by the Owls came from freshman Charlie Card-Childers in the high jump (1.98m) and Erik Maher in the javelin (63.79m). Filip Drozdowski (4th-110 hurdles, 14.20), Karl Pierce (4th-pole vault, 4.47m), William Roberts (4th-1500m, 3:54.03) and Patrick McCoy (5th-triple jump, 13.89m) all finished in the top five.
Overall the Owls placed second out of 20 teams with 101 points, behind only Sam Houston St. (160.50). The men will next compete at the Mt. SAC Relays, April 16-18 in Walnut, Calif.
Final Meet Results