Feb. 14, 2009
Rice junior pole vaulter Jason Colwick erased his pole vaulting record again before the ink was dry and senior Simon Bucknell captured the mile to highlight the efforts of the Rice men at the Texas A&M Invitational at the Gilliam Indoor Track & Field Stadium in College Station on Saturday.
Colwick, who has won back-to-back C-USA Male Athlete of the Week honors for his record-breaking vaults, nudged his school mark higher by a quarter inch, winning the meet with a vault of 5.61m/18-4.75. His wining effort, which also set a Gilliam Stadium record, topped his winning effort last week of 5.60/18-4.5 at the Frank Sevigne Invitational, which was the first vault indoors of better than 18 feet in Conference USA history.
Bucknell knocked nearly five seconds on off his best time in the mile, winning the event in 4:11.68 to add 10 points to the Owls final team total of 47, good enough for a fifth place finish in the 18-team event. Host Texas A&M took the team title with 140 points, followed by Texas Tech (85), Baylor (74), Texas (73) and Rice (47). Rounding out the top ten were Barton County CC (46), UTEP (36.5), Texas-Arlington (36), Arizona State (32) and Louisiana Tech (20).
The Owls final point total was bolstered by a pair of personal bests by sophomores. Ugo Nduaguba finished fourth in the triple jump with a provisional qualifying leap of 15.53m/50-11.50 while William Meyers bettered his previous personal best by more than two feet while finishing seventh in the shot put with a throw of 16.75m/54-11.50.
The Owls will now turn their focus to the Conference USA Championships which will be held at the Yeoman Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Houston on February 27-28.