By Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
EL PASO, Texas -- Rice sophomore Scott Filip won his first career title in the decathlon while graduate student Duncan Dickerson became the first Owl to ever win a conference title in the hammer throw Friday on day two of the C-USA Outdoor Championships.
Filip's victory in the decathlon marked the sixth consecutive season an Owl has won the event at the C-USA Championships. The 7632 points were a personal best for the Bloomingdale, Ill. native and he joined Ryan Walsh (2006), Jarrett Flax (2007) and Clayton Chaney (2012, 2013) as Owls to win both the C-USA Indoor heptathlon and C-USA Outdoor decathlon in the same season.
"Scott won, what might be, the best decathlon at any conference meet this year," Rice men's T&F head coach Jon Warren said. "He set a PR and came close to breaking Clayton Chaney's meet record (8171 points). He had a very, very good couple of days."
Entering the day Filip held a 267 point lead over second place and wound up winning Friday by 83 points over Charlotte's K'vonte Scott. Filip's lone victory on Friday came in the pole vault where he cleared his final attempt of 4.70m (15-05.00) to earn a critical 819 points. Filip also placed fifth in the 110m hurdles (15.12), fourth in the discus 37.80m/124-00), fifth in the javelin (47.90m/157-02) and third in the 1500m (4:55.23).
Dickerson, a native of Houston, broke his own school record of 62.07m set earlier this season with a winning heave of 62.21m (204'1") on his very first attempt to edge out WKU's Travis Gerding (61.88m) and give the Owls 10 team points. Dickerson also had a throw of 62.10m on his final attempt.
"I'm really proud of Duncan on becoming the first ever hammer throw champion in Rice history," Warren said. "He had a great series and looked awesome throughout."
Redshirt junior Chris Sanders also contributed four points to the Owls total with a fifth place (6717 points) finish in the decathlon. Sanders best performance of the day came in the 110m dash, finishing third in a time of 14.84. Sophomore thrower Austin Riddle also picked up another five points for the Owls by placing fourth in the hammer throw.
Rice gained another three team points in the 10,000m with a sixth place finish from Adam Davidson (33:19.80) and an eighth place finish from Imran Bell (33:28.42).
"We had a few other guys today that had great efforts and good results," Warren said. "Austin and Chris snagged us some key points and Adam and Imran each scored in the 10,000. This was a solid day all around."
Through three scored events Rice leads the way with 33 points, followed by WKU (22) and UTEP (19).
Action will resume at the C-USA Outdoor Championships from the campus of UTEP at 2 p.m. (CT) on Saturday.