Feb. 1, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - The Rice University women's track and field team wrapped up competition at the Howie Ryan Invitational on Saturday with three athletes placing in the top-five.
Two weeks after winning the shot put at Texas A&M, junior thrower Claire Uke continued her hot start with a first place finish in the shot put on Saturday. The Cedar Hill, Texas native won with a distance of 53-09.75, defeating San Diego State's Jasmine Burrell (51-07.25).
Sophomore Belle MacFarlane finished second in the high jump with a height of 5-08.75, the top collegiate measurement of the event. Rice's other top-five finish came from freshman jumper Daisy Ding, who placed fourth in the triple jump at night's end with a distance of 39-03.25.
"I really feel like we made some headway this weekend," Rice head women's T&F coach Jim Bevan said. "I was really happy for Belle for finishing as the top collegiate jumper. She's made a lot of progress and of course Claire had a big throw today. We're still a bit behind as a team, and we're missing a few girls due to injury, but for just our second meet of the season I was happy with the progress."
Rice will split up their athletes to travel to South Bend, Ind. Feb. 7-8 at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational and also to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to compete in the New Mexico Collegiate Challenge slated Feb. 8. Following those meets, the Owls will participate in one final tune-up meet at the Texas A&M Invitational on Feb. 15 before the C-USA Championship Feb. 28-March 1 in Birmingham, Ala.