May 16, 2010
Orlando -- The Rice Owls tallied 117 points at the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship held at UCF to finish fourth in the final team standings. Houston won the team title with 191 points. Rice total of 117 points was its second-highest point production since the 2008 team scored 118.5 points. Also, freshman Gabe Cuadra, with his winning 10,000m performance on Friday, shared co-freshman of the meet with Houston's Errol Nola.
A bulk of Rice's points, 25 to be exact, came from the pole vault event where defending NCAA national champion Jason Colwick captured his second C-USA Outdoor title and his third conference championship as he also claimed the 2010 C-USA Indoor. Colwick won with a winning height of 5.30m/17-4.5.
The Owls also placed second, fifth, seventh, and eighth in the pole vault. Placing second was Shea Kearney with a season-high 5.20m/17-0.75. Chris Kato was fifth at 4.65m/15-3 and Garrett Stafford was seventh at 4.65m/15-3, and Alec Hsu was eighth (4.65m/15-3).
Gabe Cuadra, with a time of 14:53.61, placed seventh in the 5000m.
Collin Shurbet placed fourth in the 400m hurdles at 52.55.
The Owls' 4x100m relay squad of Alex Francis, Donte Moore, John Welch, Collin Shurbet placed fourth with a time of 41.39. The 4x400m team of Shurbet, Jacob Owolabi, Dan Sloat, and Donte Moore finished fourth with a time of 3:14.03
Clay Baker earned a spot on the podium with a third-place finish in the discus. Baker posted a season-high mark of 49.56m/162-7 to earn six points for Rice. 15 Alex Zinchenko was 15th at 36.35m/119-3, while Will Meyers followed at 16th (34.17m/112-1).
Men's Final Standings
1. Houston 191
2. UTEP 127
3. Tulsa 118
4. Rice 117
5. East Carolina 111
6. Memphis 95
7. Southern Miss 47
8. Tulane 9
Co-Freshmen of the Meet: Gabe Cuadra, Rice and Errol Nolan, Houston
High Point Scorer of the Meet: Isiah Sweeney, Houston
Performance of the Meet: Steffen Nerdal, Memphis
Coach of the Year: Leroy Burrell, Houston