Rice Men's Track & Field Team Impressive at Texas State Invitational

Will Firth.

April 7, 2012

Texas State Invitational Results

San Marcos, Texas - The Rice men's track and field team concluded Texas State Invitational action on Saturday with excellent results.

For starters, freshman Will Firth won his first-ever 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:13.95 to lead three Owls in the top five. Placing third was Travis Roberts with a time of 9:24.34, while Anthony Urbanelli, was fifth with a season-best time of 10:06.67.

"That was an outstanding steeplechase performance by Will Firth in his first-ever steeplechase," stated Owl head coach Jon Warren. "He ran a solid race and it was just impressive."

Rice finished 1-2 in the javelin. Clayton Chaney led with a distance of 53.60m/175-10, while Jack Spinks was second with a season-high mark of 52.25m/171-5. Spinks was also third in the high jump (1.99m/6-6.26), while Tyler Wiest placed fifth (1.96m/6-5).

In the 800m, Dan Sloat was first with a season-best time of 1:50.77. Collin Shurbet ran second in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.15 and Lee Johnson was seventh (54.27) and he was sixth in the 110m hurdles (15.32). Chaney was fourth in the 110m hurdles with an Owl season-fast time of 14.66.

"Clayton did a great job in all of his events in getting ready for decathlon action," said Warren. "Overall, it was a great day by all of our athletes with a lot of personal-best performances."

Alexander Zinchenko continues to be a force in the shot put ring with a fourth-place mark of 16.60m/54-5.50.



Rice competes next Saturday, April 14 in El Paso, Texas, at the UTEP Invitational. The Owls will then host the J.Fred Duckett Twilight on April 21 at Holloway Field/Ley Track.

Rice Results
10, Will Beasley, 11.05
17, Santano Rosario, 11.81

19, Dylan Bradley, 22.27

13, Kyle Denny, 49.55
19, Sean Peters, 51.66
20, Breland Coleman, 52.01

2, Dan Sloat, 1:50.77
10, Jordan Hmaidan, 1:55.42
13, Sammy Abuhamra, 1:56.97
14, Mike Troop, 1:57.82

3000m Steeplechase
1, Will Firth, 9:13.95
3, Travis Roberts, 9:24.34
5, Anthony Urbanelli, 10:06.67

110m Hurdles
4, Clayton Chaney, 14.66
6, Lee Johnson, 15.32

400m Hurdles
2, Collin Shurbet, 53.15
7, Lee Johnson, 54.27
11, Max Grossman, 1:03.02

4x400m Relay
5, Rice `A' (Collin Shurbet, Lee Johnson, Dan Sloat, Jordan Hmaidan), 3:15.39
7, Rice `B' (Kyle Denny, Dylan Bradley, Breland Coleman, Sean Peters), 3:22.68

Pole Vault
4, Chris Pillow, 4.90m/16-0.75
8, Alex Hsu, 4.75m/15-7

High Jump
3, Jack Spinks, 1.99m/6-6.26
5, Tyler Wiest, 1.96m/6-5

Shot Put
4, Alexander Zinchenko, 16.60m/54-5.50
10, Clayton Chaney, 12.46m/40-10.50

1, Clayton Chaney, 53.60m/175-10
2, Jack Spinks, 52.25m/171-5



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