Colwick Grabs C-USA Gold

Feb. 27, 2010

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Jason Colwick made his final appearance at the C-USA Indoor Championships a golden one, setting a meet record while capturing his first conference indoor title in the pole vault as the 2010 C-USA Championships wrapped up at the Yeoman Field House on the campus of the University of Houston on Saturday.

Colwick had failed to clear any height in the last two C-USA Indoor meets. However, after waiting out the competiton for nearly 1 1/2 hours, the defending NCAA Indoor and Outdoor champion cleard a conference record of 5.36m/17-7 on his first attempt to nail down the gold medal.

Colwick was one of four Owls to capture medals on the meet's final day. Junior Philip Adam and sophomore Jack Spinks earned silver and bronze medals in the heptathlon, while sophomore Dan Sloat used a strong kick on the final lap to capture a bronze in the 800 meters.

The host Houston Cougars took the team title with 183.5 points, followed by Tulsa (107), UTEP (106) and Rice (92). Rice head coach Jon Warren knew heading in that the fight would be for second place, but praised the efforts of his squad.

"Quite bit went very well today," Warren said. "We had more medalists this year (than last year's indoor) and had several others who really competed well in events with very strong fields. We have a young team, and almost all our points will be coming back next year. One thing we have to work on his finding a way to continue to move up. We seem to own ninth place in too many races. But we had some nice performance both on Friday and Saturday and I am excited to see where this team will be by the end of the outdoor season," Warren added.

Warren praised the efforts of junior Clay Baker in the throws. "Clay set a school record in the weight thrown on Friday, and came back with solid throws in the shot today. He had a good meet and has improved immensely, but it could go unnoticed in such a strong field," Warren





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