Obiozor, Uke Open Indoor Season with Victories
Jan. 16, 2015
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice senior thrower Claire Uke and sophomore jumper Cybil Obiozor each won an individual event at Friday's Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational, the Owls season-opening Indoor meet at the University of Houston.
Uke, who earned NCAA Indoor All-American credentials last season, won the shot put Friday with a personal-best throw of 16.97m (55-08.25), currently the third-best mark in the NCAA's this season.
"What an awesome performance from our All-American, Claire Uke today," Rice women's track and field head coach Jim Bevan said. "She just continues to get better each and every year. Cybil Obiozor had a great day and great series. We only ran about half our team, but we needed to get started and shake the rust off. We are looking forward to our next meet, with everyone, in two weeks."
Obiozor, from Pearland, Texas, won her first collegiate event with a jump of 12.13m (39-09.75) in the triple jump while teammate Daisy Ding placed fourth in the same event with a mark of 11.83m (38-09.75). Obiozor's jump currently ranks 20th in the NCAA in the triple jump.
In the mile run the Owls had three runners place in the top eight. Junior Eleanor Wardleworth, a native of Australia, led the trio with a third place finish of 5:10.02, followed by Allie Schaich (4th-5:12.39) and Hannah Kay (7th-5:16.15).
Sophomore Ellen Diemert placed second amongst all collegiate runners in the 800m, finishing with a time of 2:25.19.
Former Owl great Funmi Jimoh won the long jump with measure of 6.58m (21-7.25), the number two mark currently in the world.
The Owls will now have a couple weeks off from competition before returning to Yeoman Fieldhouse to compete at the Howie Ryan Invitational, Jan. 30-31.