Filip Wins Decathlon at C-USA Championships

May 13, 2017

C-USA Outdoor Results Day 2

By: Kenny Bybee (

EL PASO, Texas – Rice redshirt junior Scott Filip earned his second Conference USA decathlon title in the last three years in style Friday evening at UTEP’s Kidd Field, leading a Rice contingent that earned a C-USA best 35 team points on Friday.

The Bloomingdale, Illinois native broke former Rice All-American Clayton Chaney’s C-USA record (7678 points, 2013) by compiling 7837 points over the 10 events, which included five victories. On Friday, Filip won the 110m hurdles (15.04), pole vault (4.80m/15-09.00) and javelin (56.49m/185-04) while placing third in the high jump (1.99m/6-06.25) and sixth in the 1500m (4:53.44).

The title was Filip’s fifth of his illustrious career and second decathlon gold medal, becoming the sixth athlete in C-USA history to win multiple decathlon titles.

Redshirt sophomore Charlie Card-Childers also had a strong performance on Friday, picking up an additional five points for the Owls with a fourth place (6800 points) result in the decathlon. The Houston native tied for the lead in the high jump (2.11m/6-11.00) while placing second in the javelin (54.80m/179-09) and third in the pole vault (4.30m/14-01.25).

The day began on Friday with a terrific performance from the Owls in the hammer throw, garnering 20 points in the event. Junior Austin Riddle achieved all-conference honors with a second place finish (64.94m/213-01), followed by Uche Ugwunze (4th/61.60m), Matt Garcia (5th/57.87m) and Michael Yow (57.40m/188-04).

“We had two awesome events today,” Rice men’s T&F head coach Jon Warren said. “The hammer throw was first and it was a great team effort. Austin’s last clutch throw helped us finish 2-4-5-6, just very exciting. This was the best hammer field ever assembled in C-USA history and Coach Christensen’s throwers really excelled. Scott had some great events, namely the pole vault, javelin, 100 and long jump. Charlie’s fourth place finish was great to round out a terrific field.”

Day three of the C-USA Outdoor Championships will begin on Saturday starting with the long jump at 4:30 p.m. (CT).

Men’s Team Rankings (Three Events Scored)
1. Rice- 35
2. UTEP- 18
3. Middle Tennessee- 15
4. UTSA- 13
4. Charlotte- 13
6. FIU- 9
7. WKU- 6
8. Louisiana Tech- 4
8. North Texas- 4





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