HOUSTON – The Rice Owls men’s track & field team won four events and performed extraordinarily well in the throwing events Saturday at the 14th annual J. Fred Duckett Twilight.
Redshirt junior Erik Maher stole the show with a lifetime best launch of 65.01m (213-03) to win the javelin and climb to second overall in the Conference USA ranks. Redshirt freshman Dane Stolsig placed second behind Maher in the javelin with a lifetime best throw of 61.28m (201-00) and moved to fourth in the C-USA rankings.
Redshirt junior Austin Riddle won his third hammer throw competition of the outdoor season with a winning mark of 64.40m (211-03) while Uche Ugwunze placed third (60.35m/198-00) in the same event. Ugwunze also finished third in the shot put with an outdoor personal best throw of 16.23m (53-03.00) and placed third collegiately in the discus (46.58m/152-10).
Redshirt junior decathlete Scott Filip established a lifetime best mark of 7.66m (25-01.75) to win the long jump, a leap that ranks second in C-USA. Filip also ran the final leg of the winning 4x400 relay team (3:13.92)
Freshman Matthew Murray was the top collegiate finisher in the 1500m (3:54.22) while teammate William Roberts was third (3:56.02). Senior Filip Drozdowski set a season-best time in the 110m hurdles to place third overall (14.52) while Griffin Lee capped the evening finishing as the second-best collegiate runner in the 3000m steeplechase (9:04.16).
In dual meet scoring, teams scores were the following: Rice 103-HBU 49.