MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Rice Owls men's track and field team picked up an additional 15.0 points on Sunday to finish seventh overall at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships.
Rice senior Evan Karakolis highlighted the afternoon with a fourth place finish in a star-studded javelin event. The All-American from Ontario unleashed a throw of 71.65m (235'1.25") on his fourth attempt.
The Owls also had five finals qualifiers, three of which came in the 800m race. The trio Veeral Shah (6th-1:54.17), Reagan Olguin (7th-1:54.22) and David Diaz (8th-1:56.91) earned six combined team points.
Filip Drozdowski also posted a seventh place finish in the 110m hurdles (14.47) while William Roberts finished eighth in the 1500m (3:50.87).
"We were close to doing really well," Rice men's T&F head coach Jon Warren said. "We are redshirting 14 kids, but if one or two things fall a bit differently we end up in the top half. This is a good league. Nonetheless it's one I believe we can be in the hunt to win very soon. We had three finalists in the 800m, two freshmen and a sophomore. We return two good throwers, a few distance runners, All-American Scott Filip as well as Charlie Card-Childers, and a bunch of others. We are really excited about next year."
"I'm very proud of the way Uche Ugwunze and Austin Riddle competed in the hammer, Will Firth in the steeplechase and Chris Sanders in the decathlon. Evan Karakolis also had a very solid performance. The meet was so strong that he threw better today than he did when he was seventh in the nation and still finished fourth."