May 28, 2008
The Rice Owls will have six men compete this weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Midwest Regional in Lincoln, Neb. Hosted by the University of Nebraska, the NCAA Midwest Regional takes place Fri., May 30 and Sat., May 31 at Ed Weir Stadium.
"It is one of the largest contingents that Rice has taken to the regional," says head coach Jon Warren. "Everybody has a great shot to advance to nationals, especially Jason (Colwick) in the pole vault and Ugo (Nduaguba) in the triple jump."
Representing Rice are Bubba Heard in the 200m and 400m, Gary Anderson in the 200m, Omar Wright in the high jump, Ugo Nduaguba and Devon Fanfair in the triple jump, and Jason Colwick in the pole vault.
Colwick, only a sophomore, sports the number one mark in the nation for pole vault at 5.55m/18-2.5. Last season he vaulted a best mark of 5.18m/17-0. At the Conference USA Outdoor Championship in El Paso, Texas, he set a meet record by clearing 5.33m/17-6, his starting height.
Heard has a best time of 20.93 in the 200m and top time of 46.92 in the 400m, while Anderson's top 200m time is 21.29. Wright's best mark in the high jump is 2.10m/6-10.75, which he has accomplished four times during the outdoor season.
In the triple jump, Nduaguba leads Rice with a mark of 15.74m/51-7.75 and Fanfair earned a regional trip with a mark of 15.13m/49-7-75.
The top five of each event earn automatic qualifier status for the NCAA Outdoor Championship held in Des Moines, Iowa, and hosted by Drake University at Drake Stadium June 11-14.