June 14, 2014
EUGENE, Oregon – Rice sophomore thrower Evan Karakolis closed out a memorable 2014 season in style on Saturday afternoon, placing seventh in the javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to grab USTFCCA First Team All-American honors.
Karakolis, a native of Scarborough, Ontario, became the first Owl on the men’s side to earn NCAA Outdoor All-American honors in the javelin since Ricky Jacobs accomplished the feat in 1967. Karakolis, along with teammate Chris Pillow (7th-pole vault), became the first pair of Owls athletes to earn NCAA Outdoor First Team All-American honors in the same year since the trio of Ryan Harlan, Ben Wiggins and Adam Davis did so in 2004.
Karakolis' finish also helped the Owls earn a total of 3.5 team points to place 59th out of 73 schools.
"What a great meet," Rice men's head coach Jon Warren said. "Evan being able to match Chris' finish and to put Rice in the top 60 was jut great. Evan was able to stay focused and succeed on a tough day that had great competition."
Karakolis’ best throw was the second of the afternoon, heaving the javelin 68.91m (226-1.00). He was amongst the top nine in the event to qualify for the finals but proceeded to foul on his first throw, followed by tosses of 64.10m and 65.92m.
Karakolis had a banner sophomore season, winning his first career C-USA Outdoor title and re-established his own school record with a lifetime best throw of 70.80m at the Virginia Challenge. He later placed third at the NCAA West Prelims. He was also selected to both the C-USA and CoSIDA All-Academic teams.
Oregon's Sam Crouser won the event with a mammoth throw of 76.98m (252-7.00).