Tulsa, Okla. - The Rice Owls men's track and field team is in second place with 66 points after two days of action at the Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
After placing second a year ago, Philip Adam captured his first C-USA Outdoor title with 7,331 points. Freshman Clayton Chaney was fourth with 5,546 points, while freshman Pete Navarra finished sixth (4,964 points). Adam's total is the second-highest in school history as Ryan Harlan holds the school record with 8,171 points set in 2004. Adam was only 190 points shy of the championship record of 7,521 points by Southern Miss' Jason Wilson set in 2000. His victory marks the second decathlon title for the Owls in the past four years. Ryan Walsh also won the event in 2006.
In Friday's decathlon action, Adam was second (15.40) to Chaney's 14.87 in the 110m hurdles and was second in the discus 38.97m/127-10. Chaney was third in the discus (34.88m/114-5). Adam also cleared 4.55m/14-11 in the pole vault to place first and he was first in the 1500m (4:41.20). The Owls moved into first place with 26 points after totaling 18 points in the decathlon (10-1st, 5-4th, and 3-6th) prior to the discus event.
The Owls totaled 14 points in the 3000m steeplechase with Justin Maxwell leading the way. Maxwell placed third (9:32.28), while Brett Olson was fifth (9:35.48) and Michael Trejo was sixth (9:35.53). Freshman James llamas placed eighth (9:36.28).
Freshman Sam McGuffie exhibited his raw talent in his first outdoor long jump competition. McGuffie placed second with a Rice season-high 7.52m/24-8.25 (w +4.1) mark to score eight points. Chaney placed eighth with a 6.90m/22-7.75 distance. McGuffie had previously placed sixth at the C-USA Indoor meet with a mark of 7.06m/23-2.
Chris Kato captured third place in the pole vault by tying his season-high effort of 4.90m/16-0.75, while Garrett Stafford was fifth with a season-best mark of 4.75m/15-7. Philip Adam added another two points with a seventh place finish (4.30m/14-1.25).Junior
Jason Colwick, owner of the world's No. 2 mark in the pole vault for 2009 (5.72m/18-9.25), did not clear his opening height mark of 5.40m/17-8.25 after three attempts. Houston's Bryan Brown won the event when he cleared 5.05m/16-6.75.
C-USA Day 2 Team Scores
1 Houston 79
2 Rice 66
3 Tulsa 40
4 UTEP 33
5 Memphis 20
6 East Carolina 19
7 Southern Miss 13