By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
C-USA Outdoor Championship Final Results
EL PASO, Texas – The Rice Owls men’s track and field team wrapped up the final day of competition at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships on Sunday, collecting an additional 13 team points en route to a seventh place finish.
"While I'm a bit disappointed in our overall team place, we leave this meet with a lot of highlights," Rice men's T&F head coach Jon Warren said. "We had a number of potential NCAA first round qualifiers: Austin and Uche in the hammer, Erik in the javelin, Marco and Griffin in the 3000 steeplechase, Reagan in the 800, Filip Drozdowski in the 110 hurdles and Scott in the long jump. Scott has also qualified for the NCAA finals in the decathlon."
Sophomore Reagan Olguin led the Owls on Sunday with a fourth place finish in the 800m (1:51.63), picking up five team points, while senior hurdler Filip Drozdowski earned an additional four points with a fifth place result in the 110m hurdles (14.45).
Others earning points for the Owls included William Roberts (8th-1500m, 3:54.50), Christian Cannon (8th-pole vault, 4.61m), Marco Ruiz (8th-5000m, 15:24.72) and the 4x400 relay team of Olguin, David Diaz, Andrew Keat, and Veeral Shah (8th-3:22.19).
"The guys that competed did very well," Warren said. "Conference USA is one of the most impressive track conferences in the nation and we were able to score in many events, some of which boast some of the strongest fields in the NCAA. We're looking forward to continuing the season in Austin in two weeks and Eugene in a month."
WKU won the title with 144 points, edging out UTSA (138 points) and UTEP (117 points).
Next up for the Owls will be the NCAA South Central Regional held at the University of Texas, May 25-27.
Final Men’s Team Scores
1. WKU - 144
2. UTSA - 138
3. UTEP - 117
4. Middle Tennessee – 95
5. Charlotte – 88.50
6. Southern Miss – 68.50
7. Rice – 68
8. FIU - 39
9. North Texas – 37
10. Louisiana Tech – 23