May 21, 2010
Four Rice men's track and field athletes will be competing at the NCAA West Region in Austin, Texas, May 27-29, 2010. Action takes place at Texas' Mike A. Myers Track And Soccer Stadium. Another Rice Owl, Philip Adam is one of 24 competitors for the decathlon at the NCAA Championship held in Eugene, Ore. at host Oregon's Hayward Field.
Competing in Austin for Rice are Jason Colwick (pole vault), Alec Hsu (pole vault), Shea Kearney (pole vault), and triple jumper Ugo Nduaguba. Colwick, from San Marcos, Texas, enters competition with the nation's number one mark at 5.71m/18-8.75. He won the NCAA Outdoor title last year with a mark of 5.70m/18-8.25. The senior also won the 2009 NCAA Indoor crown (5.60m/18-4.5) and placed second at the 2010 NCAA Indoor with a mark of 5.50m/18-0.5.
Hsu, a freshman from Phoenix, Ariz. and Desert Vista H.S., has the 19th-best mark in the West at 5.22m/17-1.5. Shea Kearney's best-mark of 5.20m/17-0.75 is 24th-best in the West. Kearney, also from Phoenix and Desert Vista H.S., placed second to Colwick at the 2010 Conference USA Outdoor Championship (5.20m/17-0.75) and he captured the 2009 C-USA Indoor title with a mark of 5.16m/16-11.
Nduaguba, a junior from Roxbury, Mass., has the 19th-best triple jump mark in the West at 15.57m/51-1. He recently placed second at the C-USA Outdoor Championship (15.42m/50-7.25).
The top 48 entries for each event, besides the decathlon, compete at either the West Region or the East Region in Greensboro, N.C. The top 12 finishers from each region then advance to the NCAA Championship (June 9-12, 2010).
Adam, a native of Santa Maria, Calif., is ranked 17th out of 24 decathletes at the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore. Adam's best score this spring is 7,396 points accomplished at Rice's Shirley Crowe Decathlon. He won the 2010 C-USA Outdoor title with 6,607 points, despite not running in the final event, the 1500m.