MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Three members of the Rice men's track and field team earned Conference USA All-Conference honors on the second day of the outdoor championships Friday at Middle Tennessee's Dean Hayes Track.
Sophomore throwers Austin Riddle and Uche Ugwunze finished second and third, respectively, in the hammer throw with each earning their first career all-conference honors. Riddle, from Houston, unleashed a throw of 62.01m (203'5.50) on his second attempt while Ugwunze (McKinney, Texas) recorded a throw of 54.86m (180'0) on his fourth throw. The two combined to score 14 of the Owls' 27 points on the day.
Meanwhile, senior decathlete Chris Sanders, from Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, accumulated 6795 points to placed third overall in the decathlon. Sanders placed second in both the 110m hurdles (15.20) and javelin (54.74m) and was followed by a fifth place finish overall (6207 points) from Berk Norman (San Rafael, California).
In the final event of the evening sophomore Imran Bell (The Woodlands, Texas) earned an additional three points to the Owls' tally with a sixth place finish of 31:16.14 in the 10,000m, a new personal best time.
"The hammer throw was a great way to start the meet for us," Rice men's T&F head coach Jon Warren said. "Two medalists are going to be tough to top. The decathletes gave it a good try though. Chris and Berk ended their career with stellar performances. And then to end the night, Imran had a tremendous kick to snag points in a very interesting 10k. This was a good day overall for us."
The Rice men sit alone in first place through the first two days of competition with 27 team points, followed by UTSA (25 points) and Charlotte (18 points). Action will resume on Saturday at 3 p.m. beginning with the long jump.