By: Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
EUGENE, OR – Rice junior track and field athlete Scott Filip placed 10th overall in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, highlighted by a fifth place finish in the 1500m Sunday afternoon at Hayward Field.
Filip, from Bloomingdale, Ill., became the second athlete in Rice history to participate in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, joining Ryan Harlan (2004, 14th).
The Rice junior entered competition on Sunday in sixth place overall with 4,180 points earned over the first five events. On Sunday, Filip had finishes of 13th (110m hurdles-15.00), 12th (discus-39.58), 10th (pole vault-4.55m), 13th (javelin-47.96m) and 5th (1500m-4:43.08).
In addition to a strong showing at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Filip, who sat out the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, won the Pan Am Combined Events Cup on June 18 in Ottawa with a personal best 7,726 points.
The Owls still have two representatives left to compete in Eugene, beginning with former Owl Becky Wade (Rice, 2012) in the 3000m steeplechase on Monday, July 4 (6:03 p.m. CT). Then on Thursday, July 7, former Owl Ariana Ince (Rice, 2011) will compete in the qualifying round of the women’s javelin at 5:30 p.m. (CT).