May 2, 2009
Austin, Texas - Rice's men's track and field squad competed at the Texas Invitational on Saturday and posted several improved marks and times for the 2009 season.
Jason Colwick has proven to be a consistent performer in vaulting over 18 feet. He did so again Saturday afternoon in winning the event by clearing 5.70m/18-8.25. That is his second-highest vault this outdoor season. He previously vaulted 5.72m/18-9.25 at the Texas Relays, which is still the number two vault in the world for 2009. His 5.70m mark ties for third-best in the world and is second-highest for an American.
Chris Kato placed fifth in the pole vault with his best mark of the season at 4.90m/16-0.75.
Rice's 4x100m relay quartet of Ahmad Sweeney, John Welch, Chris Douglas, and Connor Hayes lowered its time from 41.52 to 41.42 in placing fourth. Welch ran his fastest 100m of the season at 10.75 in finishing 26th. Sam McGuffie, in his first outdoor competition ran the 100m in 10.88, which is only second to Welch this year.
Jack Spinks placed eighth in the high jump with a mark of 1.95m/6-4.75.
Both Clayton Chaney and Connor Hayes set season-best times in the 110m hurdles. Chaney placed eighth at 14.49, while Hayes was 11th (14.87). In the 400m hurdles, Collin Shurbet was seventh (53.78), while Hayes followed in eighth with a season-fast time of 54.20.
In the 800m, Jacob Olowabi ran his first 800m this outdoor season with a time of 1:55.17.
Clay Baker was sixth in the discus (49.30m/161-9). In the shot put, Baker was sixth (15.56m/51-0.5), while William Meyers was fourth (15.77m/51-8.75). Meyers was also sixth in the hammer throw 47.43m/155-7.25 which is his season-best.