May 3, 2008
Rice senior sprinter Bubba Heard qualified for the NCAA regionals in the 100 meters with a personal record clocking of 10.43 seconds to lead the Owls' efforts at the Houston Invitational at the University of Houston on Saturday.
Heard was the top collegian in the race and lowered his previous best of 10.74 set last week at the J. Fred Duckett/Rice Twilight meet at Rice. Teammate Jon Turner just missed the regional standard of 10.55 seconds, finishing third in 10.57. John Welch also posted a personal best in the event, finishing in 10.94 seconds and finishing 11th.
Heard also finished third in the 200 meters with a clocking of 20.95, just off his top mark of 20.93. He is the first Owl to break 21 seconds in the 200 meters since 1995.
Baker uncorked a personal best throw of 16.58 meters (54-04.75) on his last effort of the day to win the event. The throw was nearly two feet better than his previous best effort of 52-5.25 and just short of the regional standard of 16.80 meters.
Colwick topped the 18 foot mark in the pole vault for the third time this year, taking the top spot with a vault of 5.50 meters (18-0.50). The Owls had three other vaulters top 15 feet (Shea Kearney 15-7; Chris Kato and Philip Adam (15-1). Adam's vault was a personal record for the multi-event specialist.
Sophomore Joe Agnew improved his javelin mark for the third consecutive meet, finishing fourth with a throw of 55.08 meters (180-8).