Feb. 19, 2008
Rice head coach Jon Warren announced the signing of six athletes to National Letters of Intent to compete in men's track and field for the Owls next fall.
"We've added athletes this year that have the potential to help us in a number of events both at the conference and national level," Warren said. "All of them have the ability to come in and have an impact on our performance at the Conference USA championships in cross country as well as both indoors and outdoors," he added.
The 2008 class includes four from Texas, and one each from Connecticut and Washington.
The four from Texas include Blaine Bassler (Waco); Clayton Chaney (Bellville), Jack Spinks (Flower Mound) and Collin Shubert (San Antonio). They are joined by James Llamas of Glastonbury, CT and Dan Sloat of Shamamish, Washington.
Bassler was the 2007 Texas 3-A pole vault state champion at Waco West High School, and he recently set a personal record with an indoor vault of 16-7.
Chaney was the 2007 3-A state champ in the 300 meter hurdles and finished second in the 110 meter hurdles for Bellville High. He has personal bests of 38.21 in the 300 event and 13.69 in the 110's, as has jumped 23-2 in the long jump.
Spinks has a personal best of 6-8 in the high jump.
Llamas finished fifth in the state cross country championships last fall for Glastonbury High School and also placed fifth in the 3,200 meters at the state championships last year. He was a member of the state champion 4x800 relay.
Shubert finished third in the 2007 UIL 5-A Regionals in the 300 meter hurdles for Smithson Valley HS and has person record time of 37.98.
Sloat placed third last year in the 400 meters at the Washington 4-A State Championships while competing for East Lake High School and has a personal best time of 48.84.