Day One Results
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Rice Owls women’s track and field team opened day one of the Charlie Thomas Invitational by claiming two victories Friday afternoon at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
The Owls competed against host Texas A&M, Clemson, UCLA, Baylor, TCU, Cincinnati and South Plains.
Rice senior distance runner Cali Roper dominated the 14-runner 5000m field with a winning time of 16:41.59. The Conroe, Texas native won her second event of the season by nearly 39 seconds and claimed the second-fastest 5000m time in Conference USA and the 24th best mark in the country.
The Owls concluded the evening with an impressive victory in the distance medley relay, defeating host Texas A&M by almost four seconds. Elsa Racasan, Akuira Young, Khayla Patel and Katie Jensen comprised to win in a time of 11:35.32, the top mark in C-USA and the 24th-best time in the nation.
Junior Amanda Pasko kicked off the meet for the Owls by finishing sixth overall (fifth collegiately) in the pentathlon with 3046 points, setting a personal best in the 60m hurdles.
“I’m real proud of our ladies tonight,” Rice women’s T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. “Cali ran an awesome 5000m all by herself and lapped the entire field. She went through 3k at the same pace as her first race three weeks ago and carried it for the entire race. To top off the evening our DMR ran the best time we’ve run in a few years, and Katie chased down the Aggies anchor with a big 1600 time, the fastest of her life. Not to mention, Amanda Pasko did her second pentathlon in as many weeks and is continuing to get specific technical work within a meet. Our ladies are off to a good start.”
Day two of the Charlie Thomas Invitational will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be streamed on SEC Network+ on the WatchESPN app.