By: Kenny Bybee (email@example.com)
Charlie Thomas Invitational Results (PDF)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Daisy Ding and Katie Jensen recorded individual victories and the Rice Owls women’s T&F team placed fourth overall in a talented field on the second day of the Charlie Thomas Invitational Saturday at Texas A&M.
As a team the Owls finished fourth overall out of nine teams, accumulating 83 points to finish behind host Texas A&M (138 points), Baylor (123 points), Clemson (97 points) and ahead of UCLA (79 points), Cincinnati (57 points), TCU (33 points), Houston (25 points) and South Plains (20 points).
Jensen, the reigning Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week, continued her strong indoor season surge with a lifetime best winning time of 9:15.47 in the 3000m. The Woodlands, Texas native led from gun to wire and lapped all runners except teammate and second place finisher Elsa Racasan (9:43.34). Jensen’s time is the best in C-USA this season and currently ranks 11th in the NCAA. Rice swept the top three spots in the event with freshman Khayla Patel placing third overall in a time of 9:55.92. Racasan and Patel ranked third and sixth, respectively, among C-USA competitors in the 3000m this season.
Senior All-American Daisy Ding won her first event of the indoor season with a winning leap of 12.56m (41-2.50) in the triple jump, fending off senior teammate Cybil Obiozor (3rd- 12.47m; 40-11.00). Ding and Obiozor each saved their best jump for last and currently ranks first and third, respectively in C-USA. In that same event freshman Michelle Fokam placed seventh overall with a distance of 11.63m (38-2.00).
Ding also placed fourth overall in the high jump (1.68m) while Ijeoma Ugwunze finished fifth in the shot put (14.37m, 47-1.75) and Dreu Dixson placed fifth in the weight throw (16.51m, 54-2.00). Freshman Kylie Swiekatowski claimed the second-best mark in the pole vault among C-USA competitors this season by clearing 3.72m (12-2.50) to finish eighth overall.
On the track, sophomore transfer Hannah Jackson continued her solid indoor campaign by running a 24.20 in the 200m dash, which ranks fifth in C-USA.
“We had a great second day, finishing with our highest point total and finish in our history at this meet in a quite a good field,” Rice women’s T&F head coach Jim Bevan said. “Katie Jensen again proved to be a dominant force, running the second-fastest 3000m in our history. To go 1-2-3 in the 3000m with all three of our girls under 10 minutes was impressive. Daisy Ding and Cybil Obiozor had big improvements on their final jumps. Hannah Jackson had the best 200m we’ve had since Shakera Reece was here. We have many others looking to make that breakthrough in the next two weeks and we hope to go into conference on a roll.”
The Owls will next participate at the Howie Ryan Invitational on Feb. 10 before competing at the C-USA Indoor Championships Feb. 18-19 in Birmingham, Ala.
Charlie Thomas Invitational Team Scores
1. Texas A&M - 138
2. Baylor - 123
3. Clemson - 97
4. Rice - 83
5. UCLA - 79
6. Cincinnati - 57
7. TCU - 33
8. Houston -25
9. South Plains - 20