by Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Rice redshirt sophomore sprinter Hannah Jackson, the reigning Conference USA Female Track Athlete of the Week, continued her strong start to the season by breaking the indoor 200m school record Saturday at the Charlie Thomas Invitational.
Jackson broke Margaret Fox's 1997 mark (23.80) with a second place finish of 23.59 in the third lane on a banked track, the top time in C-USA this season and 16th in the country. Jackson now holds the 200m school record in both the indoor and outdoor.
The Owls, who finished 6th/9 teams, posted seven personal bests and four season bests on Saturday.
"I'm really happy with the way we competed today," Rice women's T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. "We're not exactly 100 percent right now but we're going hard and starting to find a rhythm before we get to C-USA Indoors."
Sophomore distance runner Khayla Patel won the 3000m with a personal best time of 9:47.18 (3rd in C-USA) and was followed by senior teammate Elsa Racasan, who established a season-best mark (9:49.27-5th in C-USA) to finish second.
Sophomore Zinedine Russell recorded 3336 points in the pentathlon to finish fourth overall, a new personal best in total points. Russell's mark is also good enough for fifth in C-USA.
Kylie Swiekatowski and Hannah Bablak also grabbed top-10 C-USA marks by finishing eighth in the pole vault (3.57m/11-8.50) and 800m (2:16.54), respectively.
Next weekend the Owls will be split up between the Don Kirby Invitational (New Mexico) and the Howie Ryan Invitational (University of Houston). The C-USA Indoor Championships will be held in Birmingham, Ala., Feb. 17-18.