Feb. 27, 2010
Jack Spinks rebounded from an injury-plagued freshman year by capturing the Conference USA high jump title, pacing a 19.5 point haul for the Owls in the event that pushed Rice into second place after the first day of competition at the Yeoman Field House on the campus of the University of Houston on Friday night.
Rice finished the first night of completion with 30.5 points, trailing host Houston (40). UTEP and Tulsa are right behind Rice with 30 points each.
"Jack had a heck of a day today," Rice head coach Jon Warren said. "High jump as a whole was the story of the day. Because of the weather, those guys have not had a consistent amount of training, but they came out today and did a great job. For Jack to come back after competing in Heptathlon this morning and jump like he did was a great effort. We also had a school-record in the weight throw (17.59m/ 57-08.50 by Clay Baker to finish sixth), and a great race in the distance medley to finish the night. We didn't qualify for tomorrow as well as we were hoping, but we still some strong point potential out there," he added.
Spinks cleared 2.05m (6-8.75) on his first attempt to claim the gold medal, while freshman Ikechi Nnamani claimed the silver with a leap of 2.00m (6-6.75). Fellow freshman Tyler Wiest also cleared the same height, but tied for seventh based on the number of misses during the competition. Spinks also stands third in the Heptathlon after the first day of competition with 2,804 points. Wesley Bray of Houston leads with 3,000 and Philip Adam of Rice is second with 2,987
The Owls capped their first night by taking home the silver in the distance medley relay. The team of Sammy Abuhamra, Collin Shurbet, Mike Troop and Scott Zivick finished in 10:18.82, thanks to Zivick's spirited late charge.
The final day of competition in the 2010 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field championships will get underway with field events at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Running events start at 3 p.m.