April 13, 2012
Houston - Rice University head men's track and field coach Jon Warren has announced the signing of six student-athletes to attend Rice and compete for the Owls starting next season.
Arriving to the Rice campus in the fall of 2012, are hurdler Filip Drozdowski (Torun, Poland), sprinter Hodson Harding (Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada), middle distance runner Harry Sagel (Girona, Spain), javelin thrower Evan Karakolis (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada), distance runner William Roberts (Sanderson, Texas), and distance runner Logan Kruse (Orlando, Fla.).
Filip Drozdowski hurdles Torun, Poland
Personal-best 110m hurdles time of 13.61, which would rank number one on the current Conference USA list... Placed sixth in the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore (13.75).
Warren on Drozdowski:
"Filip is unquestionably one of the top junior hurdlers in the world right now. In the under-20 age group, he had the 13th-fastest time on the planet last year and for his age (18) he was number six. He brings not only a passion for athletics, but a passion for math and computer science that make him a great fit for Rice."
Hodson Harding sprinter Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Competes for Gleneagle Secondary School... Fast 400m time of 47.53 at the 2011 British Columbia high school championship, which would rank third-fastest on the C-USA list... Also set a Western Canada Summer Games record in the 400m with a time of 47.64.
Warren on Harding:
"Hodson is a key part to trying to build on last year's success in the 4 x 400, an event, along with the open 400, that in which Rice has an outstanding history. Hodson obviously fills those roles well. It doesn't hurt that his academic abilities and his character are of the highest standing as well."
Harry Sagel middle distance Girona, Spain
Warren on Sagel:
Has a personal-best 800m time of 1:52.52 and 4:04.42 in the 1500m... Attends Jaume Vicens Vive H.S. in Girona, Spain, and competes for Aquadiver GEiEG.
"Harry is a superb talent that will add to the strength that we already have in the middle and long distances. He has run a very good 800 and has also competed in the much longer events like the 3000-meter steeplechase and he loves cross country. What event he ultimately ends up focusing on is anyone's guess right now, but whatever it is it will be great. He lives in Spain, but is originally from England."
Evan Karakolis javelin Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Top javelin mark 68.53m/ (700 gram javelin)... Competed for Canada at the 2011 World Youth Championship in Lille, France, and was eighth in qualifying... Attends Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, Ontario.
"It has been a very long time since Rice has signed a pure javelin thrower. You have to go back to Ryan Haylock, who competed for the Owls in the early 90's. Since then we have had great success in the javelin with decathletes, but Evan will be the first in a long while that focuses purely on the event - and I could not be happier. Evan is a great talent with outstanding marks that brings an impressive work ethic and desire to improve. He also brings an enthusiasm for engineering that makes Rice a great fit for him. Not since the likes of Ed Red and Jim Pearce have walked this campus has Rice had such promise in the javelin!"
William Roberts distance Sanderson, Texas
Younger brother of current Owl Travis Roberts... Top 800m time of 1:54.29 in the 800m at 2012 Victor Lopez Classic... Fast 1600m time of 4:18.24 in the 1600m at 2012 Texas Relays, placing fifth... 2010-11 state medalist cross country (third) and state medalist 1600m (second) for Sanderson H.S. (Texas).
Warren on Roberts:
"Hailing from a tiny Sanderson, Texas, in far west Texas, William is following in his big brother's footsteps both in his success in high school and in coming to Rice. Like his brother, not only is he a great athlete, he is a great student as well. As an athlete he possesses excellent leg speed and has an outstanding ability to run many events well. I am very much looking forward to having another Roberts here.
Logan Kruse distance Orlando, Fla.
Competes for Dr. Phillips H.S. in Orlando, Fla... Top 1600m time of 4:15.08 and 5000m of 15:17.97... Placed second in the East Coast Classic with a time of 9:53.79.
Warren on Kruse:
"Logan has been hindered his senior year by the injury bug, but his junior year marks left a great impression. The combination of these marks and his strength in the classroom made Rice a great place for him. He has great range in his events and he has good speed for a distance guy, as seen in the few 800 splits he has run on relays (1:54). Once Logan gets fully back on his feet, he will shine."