May 27, 2010
Rice freshman Donte Moore, who was a late addition to the field, ran a personal-best time but did not advance to the quarterfinal round of the men's 400 meters at the NCAA West Track & Field Regional at the Mike A. Myers Track And Soccer Stadium in Austin, Texas on Friday.
"I am very pleased with the way Donte competed," Rice head coach Jon Warren said. "He came in here with the lowest seed and raced very aggressively and gave himself a shot to get through to the next round. In the end, he beat a bunch of people and ran fast," Warren added.
Moore finished sixth in his heat and 35th overall (out of 47 competitors) with a time of 47.71, bettering his effort of 47.76 he recorded in April at the Duckett Rice Twilight meet
He had already returned home to Manor, Texas after learning he did not qualify for the regional when the lists were released last Friday. Warren said he learned at 9:30 on Tuesday morning that Moore had been added to lineup after several scratches.
"He was close by, so he came on over and ran the race," Warren said.
Defending NCAA outdoor pole vault champion will open the defense of his title on Friday afternoon when the pole vault qualifying begins at 1 p.m. He will be joined by teammates Shea Kearney and Alec Hsu. Rice's third regional qualifier, Ugo Nduaguba will compete in the triple jump on Saturday.