Chaney Captures C-USA Decathlon Gold

Clayton Chaney.

May 12, 2012

2012 Conference USA Outdoor Championship Results

2012 Conference USA Outdoor Championship Central

2012 C-USA Outdoor Track & Field

New Orleans - Junior Clayton Chaney captured the grueling decathlon title at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship Saturday at Tad Gormely Stadium.

Chaney tallied a career-high 7,475 points, which is the third-highest point total in Rice history. Only Ryan Harlan (8,171; 2004) and Philip Adam (7,514; 2011) have scored higher. A Rice Owl has now won the last two C-USA decathlon titles. Philip Adam scored his career-high in winning the decathlon in 2011.

"Clayton Chaney overcame huge weather delays and bad weather conditions to do more than just capture the decathlon title, he may have earned a spot in the NCAA finals for the event," exclaimed head coach Jon Warren. "The score he posted is very impressive and it was great, great day for him.

"Chris Sanders' PB and third-place finish was almost as impressive and he was literally one second away from second place. He fought through tough conditions and tough competition to place phenomenally well for a freshman."

Chris Sanders placed third with 6,628 points, just behind Memphis' Marc Klaschka's 6,636 points.

Chaney also captured the 2012 C-USA Indoor heptathlon gold medal as he earned the C-USA Indoor Field Athlete of the Year accolade.

The Owls had three runners place in the top-eight for the 3000m steeplechase. Travis Roberts led Rice in fourth with a season-fast time of 9:08.11. James llamas ran sixth (9:11.83), while freshman William Firth was seventh (9:16.32).

In the shot put, junior Alexander Zinchenko placed third with a mark of 17.03m/55-10.5.

"Alex did not throw his very best, but he threw well against a very good field," said Warren. "He was a bit disappointed in his result, but I am very proud of him."

High jumpers Jack Spinks and Tyler Wiest each placed fifth and eighth respectively. Spinks cleared 1.97m/6-5.5, while Wiest finished at 1.92m/6-3.5.

Running in Sunday's 400m hurdles final are Collin Shurbet and Lee Johnson. Shurbet qualified third with a time of 53.02, while Johnson was fourth at 53.19.

The Owls sit in second place with 43 points after six events. Houston leads with 54, while Memphis is third (41).

Fox Sports Network is set to televise Sunday's final events on tape delay.

Saturday Rice Results
100m Prelim
15, Will Beasley, 11.40

200m Prelim
15, Will Beasley, 22.18

400m Prelim
11, Jordan Hmaidan, 48.93
17, Kyle Denny, 49.92

800m Prelim
10, Dan Sloat, 1:52.54

3000m Steeplechase
4, Travis Roberts, 9:08.11
6, James llamas, 9:11.83
7, Will Firth, 9:16.32
15, Anthony Urbanelli, 9:55.03

110m Hurdles Prelim
9, Lee Johnson, 15.15

400m Hurdles Prelim
3, Collin Shurbet, 53.02q
4, Lee Johnson, 53.19q
11, Max Grossman, 1:00.04

High Jump
5, Jack Spinks, 1.97m/6-5.5
8, Tyler Wiest, 1.92m/6-3.5

Shot Put
3, Alex Zinchenko, 17.03m/55-10.5

1, Clayton Chaney, 7,475 points
3, Chris Sanders, 6,628 points

Men - Team Scores - 7 Events Scored
1) Houston 54
2) Rice 43
3) Memphis 41
3) UTEP 41
5) Tulsa 32
6) East Carolina 31
7) Southern Miss 30
8) Tulane 1





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