By Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
EL PASO, Texas -- Evan Karakolis placed fourth in the javelin and Griffin Lee later also finished fourth in the 3000m steeplechase to highlight the third day of the C-USA Outdoor Championships for the Rice men's track and field squad.
Karakolis finished fourth (66.92m) in the javelin in a star-studded field. Middle Tennessee's John Ampomah set a C-USA Conference meet record with a winning throw of 76.15m. Lee finished fourth in the steeple with a time of 9:22.57 while teammate Marco Ruiz placed sixth (9:33.25) in the event.
In addition to Karakolis and Lee, the Owls had three other athletes qualify for Sunday's finals. Hurdler Filip Drozdowski placed second in the prelims of the 110m hurdles in a time of 14.28 while David Diaz (1:54.98) and Harry Sagel (1:55.03) finished third and seventh, respectively, in the prelims of the 800m.
Seniors Ben Pressley (7.24m) and Justin Gross (7.22m) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in a very competitive long jump competition.
Freshman Uche Ugwunze also earned the Owls a point by finishing seventh in the shot put with a lifetime best throw of 15.85m (52-00.00)
"What a day, this conference is unbelievable," Rice men's T&F head coach Jon Warren said. "The long jump was remarkably good and Justin and Ben competed well in it. Evan threw resonantly in one of the toughest fields in the nation. We qualified well and the steeple was a good event. Griffin barely missed out on a medal and Marco had a solid performance."
WKU leads the 10 team field with 62 points, followed by UTEP (60) and UTSA (54).