Jan. 13, 2012
Houston - The Rice women's track and field team competed in its first competition of the indoor season Friday at the Leonard Hilton Invitational held at the University of Houston.
"We're glad to get our first meet out of the way," said Rice head coach Jim Bevan. "We needed to shake the rust of our legs, its been seven to eight months for most of our ladies since their last competition."
In the 200m, the Owls placed three among the top 10 finalists. Simone Martin was third overall and the second collegian to finish at 25.56, Tyneshia McCoy was fifth (26.36), and Candace Springer ran sixth with a time of 26.37.
Rice, as usual, flexed its muscles in the distance events. Halsey Fowler and Heather Olson ran second (2:18.19) and sixth (2:23.07) respectively in the 800m. Fowler was the second collegian to finish. Becky Wade ran second in the mile with a time of 4:52.04, while Allison Pye ran strong in placing fourth with a personal-best time of 4:53.94. Placing ninth was Sophie Peeters with a time of 5:10.72. Farrah Madanay also placed second in the 5000m with a time of 18:17.82.
Freshman Chaney Turney in her first collegiate pole vault competition finished fourth with a mark of 3.40m/11-1.75.
"Overall, there were some ups and downs, but we are glad to have the first competition out of the way and we are looking forward to two weeks from now, when we should see much improvement," stated Bevan.
The Owls are next in action on Jan. 27-28 when they compete at the Houston Indoor Invitational held at the University of Houston.
2, Farrah Madanay, 18:17.82
4, Chaney Turney, 3.40m/11-1.75
14, Kiri Kendall, 5.29m/17-4.25