By: Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Rice Owls track and field teams placed 10 in the top three of various events to close out the final day of the Skechers Carl Knight Invitational Saturday at Stephen F. Austin.
Daisy Ding (triple jump; 12.80m), Belle MacFarlane (high jump; 1.75m), and Elsa Racasan (800m; 2:12.81) all won their respective events.
In addition to the triple jump, Ding also placed second in the high jump (1.65m) while Amanda Pasko also placed second in the javelin with a new personal best mark of 33.95m (111-05).
“We took advantage of the opportunities today with some season bests and some lifetime bests, all in all a good meet,” Rice women’s T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. “We didn’t run our sprinters this week, as well as Claire and Ijeoma in the throws, but with the distance and vaulters yesterday and the performances today, we are on the right track.”
On the men’s side the Owls dominated the 800m by placing three runners in the top four. David Diaz placed second overall (1:53.64), while William Roberts set a personal best time of 1:53.74 to finish third. Reagan Olguin also set a season-best (1:54.09) in the event to place fourth.
Filip Drozdowski established a season-best time of 14.64 to place second in the 110 hurdles while Patrick McCoy set a season-best mark in the triple jump (14.36m).
“This was a good meet for us,” Rice men’s T&F head coach Jon Warren said. “We had several good performances from many event areas. We didn’t bring everyone, for example Austin Riddle and Evan Karakolis, but those that did compete did a stellar job.”
Next week the Owls will host the J. Fred Duckett Twilight on Saturday, April 16 beginning at 10 a.m. from Wendel D. Ley Track. A handful of Owls will also be competing at the Mt. SAC Relays in California.