27th Annual Victor Lopez Bayou Classic This Weekend

March 26, 2009

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Rice University this weekend plays host to the 27th Annual Victor Lopez Bayou Classic at the Rice Track Stadium. The meet features competition with a multitude of high schools as well as 18 collegiate schools will be represented (Rice, Harvard, Houston Houston Baptist, Texas Tech, Stephen F. Austin State, Michigan, Texas Southern, Sam Houston State, Texas, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas-Pan American, Texas Lutheran, Trinity, Incarnate Word, Southwestern, and Buena Vista.

Action gets underway Friday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m. Saturday's running events start at noon, while the men's hammer throw begins at 8 a.m.

Results will be posted on www.riceowls.com as well as at www.cfpitiming.com.

About Victor Lopez: Former Rice head women's track and field coach Victor Lopez, is regarded as one of the foremost respected teachers in the sports of cross country and track & field. Lopez, who started the Rice University women's cross country and track & field program and brought it to prominence, is a USTFCCCA Hall of Fame member and also a Rice Hall of Fame member began his career with the Owls in 1980.

He led the Rice Owls to five top 10 NCAA finishes during his time at Rice. Furthermore, Lopez's Owl athletes garnered over 150 All-American honors and collected 17 individual national championship titles.

Lopez-led teams won 10 conference crowns. In addition to the 1994 cross country title, Rice won the 1999 and 2002 Western Athletic Conference cross country championships. The Owls also won three consecutive WAC indoor titles from 2000-2002 and won back-to-back WAC outdoor titles in 2000-2001 and 2003-2004.

He also coached his native Puerto Rican track and field team at the 2004 Athens Olympics and was the national coach for the Olympic teams that competed in Barcelona in '92 and Sydney in 2000.

In 1990, Lopez received the IAAF's 75th Anniversary Commemorative medal for his efforts in developing track & field coaching and coaching education in Central America and the Caribbean, becoming the first North or Central American to be presented with the honor.

Lopez also played a key role in the formation of the IAAF's Coaches Commission as well as the North America, Central America and Caribbean Track & Field Coaches Association.

Lopez retired from Rice at the conclusion of the 2005 season. Presently he serves as chairman of the IAAF Coaches Commission and also as president of the NACACTFCA.

Ha has also been chairing the Central American and Caribbean Athletics Confederation (CACAC) since 1998.





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