May 13, 2012
New Orleans - The Rice Owls men's track and field squad placed sixth at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship held at Tad Gormley Stadium and hosted by Tulane University.
The Owls tallied 73.5 points over the course of the three-day event. Houston won its fourth title in a row with 170.5 points. UTEP was second with 132 points and Tulsa placed third with 127 points, just ahead of East Carolina's 126.
"I am very happy and proud with the way the guys competed this weekend," said Rice head coach Jon Warren. "Obviously, the best performance for us was Clayton Chaney's decathlon win on Saturday. A win, that also posted a top-25 national mark.
"Collin Shurbet's race in the 400m hurdles was awesome as he had to fend off fellow Rice senior Lee Johnson for the medal spot. The 4 x 100 ran surprisingly well considering it was the first time they ran as a unit. They finished only one spot behind a fine tuned UH team, just missing the podium."
Lee Johnson picked up a point for the Owl cause with an eighth-place time of 15.07 in the 110m hurdles. In the 400m hurdles, Collin Shurbet claimed the bronze with a time of 52.53 and Johnson ran a season-fast 52.86 to place fourth.
Freshman Chris Pillow was fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 4.73m/15-6.25. Alexander Zinchenko finished sixth in the discus with a distance of 48.98m/160-8 and Jack Spinks was seventh in the javelin with a season-best 54.48m/178-9.
9, Nick Williams, 47.39m/155-6
15, Will Beasley, 11.40
15, Will Beasley, 22.18
10, Dan Sloat, 1:52.54
110m Hurdles Prelim
9, Lee Johnson, 15.15
3, Alex Zinchenko, 17.03m/55-10.5
8, Lee Johnson, 15.07
4, Chris Pillow, 4.73m/15-6.25
6, Alexander Zinchenko, 48.98m/160-8
Final Team Scores
1, Houston, 170.50
2, UTEP, 132
3, Tulsa, 127
4, East Carolina, 126
5, Memphis, 122
6, Rice, 73.50
7, Southern Miss, 57
8, Tulane, 11
2012 MEN'S INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
High Point Scorer of the Meet - Thomas Lang, Houston
Performance of the Meet - Dennis Aliotta, East Carolina
Freshman of the Meet - Anthony Rotich, UTEP
Coach of the Year - Leroy Burrell, Houston