April 14, 2008
Rice sprinter Bubba Heard moved into the national top 15 in the 200 meters after posting a career-best 20.93 clocking this weekend during the TSU Quadrangular.
He finished just ahead of fellow Rice football player Gary Anderson, who was running the distance for the first time this year and finished with a personal-best time of 21.29. Jon Turner finished sixth in 21.53, to go along with a third place finish in the 100 meters (10.73).
Heard was one of six members of the Rice men's team to capture individual titles at the meet in addition to the Owls 4x100 relay which took the title in 41.04.
Senior Devon Fanfair set personal record by winning the long jump with a leap of 7.25 meters (23-9 ½). Fellow senior Omar Wright was the top collegian in the high jump, matching his season-best mark of 2.10 meters (6-10 ¾). Sophomore John Berens won the triple jump with a person-record effort of 14.06 meters (46-1 ½). Sophomore Chris Kato was the top collegian in the pole vault (4.60 meters/15-1). Freshman Clay Baker was the top college shot putter with a throw of 15.38 meters (50-5 ½).
James Casey, who was named the Rice Athletics Freshman of the Year on Sunday night, kicked off his weekend by making his debut in the javelin, finishing second with a throw of 51.73 meters (169-9) followed closely by fellow football player Joseph Agnew (51.22/168-0).